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Acts of Hope: Creating Authority in Literature, Law, and Politics

4.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  4 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
To which institutions or social practices should we grant authority? When should we instead assert our own sense of what is right or good or necessary?

In this book, James Boyd White shows how texts by some of our most important thinkers and writers—including Plato, Shakespeare, Dickinson, Mandela, and Lincoln—answer these questions, not in the abstract, but in the way they
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 15th 1994 by University Of Chicago Press (first published October 16th 1994)
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May 08, 2014 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Great chapter on the death of Socrates and how the meaning of the dialogue isn't propositional. And fantastic chapter on Mansfield Park. A lot of repetition of earlier themes.
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Jan 23, 2011 Jing-li Yu rated it liked it
While I thought the book was interesting, it seems that by this point, after The Legal Imagination, When Words Lose Their Meaning, Heracles' Bow, Justice as Translation, and I might be missing another book or two, it seems that James Boyd White is sort of rehashing the same theory applied to different authors. At the same time, the theory is nice literary-criticism-lite, and the chapters can be read one at a time without great loss in coherence, so it's not a bad way to spend an hour or half an ...more
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