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The Illusion of Freedom and Equality

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Arguing that the ideology of freedom and equality today bears little resemblance to its eighteenth-century counterpart, Richard Stivers examines how these values have been radically transformed in a technological civilization. Once thought of as a kind of personal property and an aspect of the dignity of the individual, the context of freedom and equality today is technolo ...more
Hardcover, 117 pages
Published July 24th 2008 by State University of New York Press (first published July 1st 2008)
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Aug 10, 2009 leighcia rated it really liked it
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This book is extraordinarily well-written, easy to read and understand. Yet because of the subject matter, it requires rereading to fully absorb the extent of Stivers’ ideas. Stivers traces the transformation of Freedom and Equality as conceived by 18th century thinkers to its modern day conception. I considered trying to summarize his book in my own words, but using some of his chapter sub-headings would be more helpful. Freedom and Equality as the Modern Ideology: Freedom as Consumer Choice an ...more
Feb 05, 2010 Mark rated it it was amazing
Richard Stivers is one of my favorite human beings in the world. He has done so much to help me understand the world in which I find myself. I have been blessed to learn at the table with this well-read gentleman.

This short book is exactly what I expected. My concern is for others who might come to this without the background with Dr. Stivers' that I have; either with his other works or his classes or him personally.

It might be a good introduction to many of his ideas and sources, though. If one
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