Human Goodness

Human Goodness

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In his many best-selling books, Yi-Fu Tuan seizes big, metaphysical issues and considers them in uniquely accessible ways. Human Goodness is evidence of this talent and is both as simple, and as epic, as it sounds.             Genuinely good people and their actions, Tuan contends, are far from boring, naive, and trite; they are complex, varied, and enormously exciting. In a refreshing antidote to skeptical times, he writes of ordinary human courtesies, as simple as busing your dishes after eating, that make society functional and livable. And he writes of extraordinary courage and inventiveness under the weight of adversity and evil. He considers the impact of communal goodness over time, and his sketches of six very different individuals--Confucius, Socrates, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, John Keats, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, and Simone Weil--confirm that there are human lives that can encourage and lead us to our better selves.   Best Books for General Audiences, selected by the American Association of School Librarians, and Best Books for Special Interests, selected by the Public Library Association
Publisher: Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, c2008
ISBN: 9780299226701
0299226700
Call Number: 170.44 T7905h
Characteristics: xii, 232 p. ; 20 cm

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May 19, 2016

Just brilliant... complex ideas written about clearly and patiently. Uplifting and full of wisdom and lovingkindness, which it in turn draws up in its readers.

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