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An Essay in Utopian Vision (American University Studies, Series 5: Philosophy)

By Francis Golffing, Barbara Gibbs

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Format: Hardback, 159 pages
Other Information: 3 ill.
Published In: United States, 01 July 1991
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Possibility is a work of general sociological and philosophical import addressed both to academics and to enquiring lay readers. Drawing on a wide variety of disciplines, the authors develop the possibilities - and to an extent the actual configurations - of a global society of the future. The book deals with the principal aspects of human experience in a double perspective: the perspective of things as they are and of things as they might be. The authors' extrapolations are bold, their conclusions challenging, even at times shocking. While they project a vision of a desirable global order, they also offer unexpected insight into the problems of today's world.

Table of Contents

Contents: The psycho-physical continuum - Concept formation and symbol formation - Housekeeping and householding - Creating the person - How Utopia works - Questions and answers - Getting there and staying there.

About the Author

The Authors: Francis Golffing is a professor emeritus of English and Cultural Studies, having taught at Utah State University, Queens College, and Bennington College, with stints at the Free University in Berlin and the University of Tuebingen. He has published widely on a variety of scholarly subjects and is the translator of two works by Nietzsche. He has a Ph.D. from Basel University. Barbara Gibbs has published poems and translations in leading magazines and anthologies, as well as four books of poetry. She has degrees from Stanford and U.C.L.A.


I am immensely impressed by the book's brilliant concisions of phrase and the cold coherence of the entire argument. I also keep having the odd thought that the book may very likely turn out to be one of those unexpected best-sellers, a la Northrop, Toynbee, or so. (Howard Nemerov) I like everything in the book that derives from an ideal picture of scientific living and scientific curiosity...I must say that your model has a radiance and strength which is most persuasive. You do allow more for the irrational and disorderly than I had expected. (R.W. Flint) An original and scintillating piece of work. It is crowded with brilliant formulations. (George Kateb) What most interests me is the revelations the reader gets about the subtly operating, already present Utopianisms in his thinking, of which he may or may not have been much aware before reading your book. (Catharine O. Foster) The text's great strengths lies in the sorts of problems posed along with a series of important questions related to each case. ...the authors are to be congratulated for dealing with a critical set of utopian issues which are at once highly practical and central to an understanding of the human condition. (Chester Z. Keller, Utopian Studies)

EAN: 9780820414317
ISBN: 082041431X
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc
Age Range: 15+ years
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