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Courage
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Courage: The Politics of Life and Limb is a compelling and highly original study of the paradox of courage. Richard Avramenko contends that courage is not simply one virtue among many; rather, it is the primary means for humans to raise themselves out of their individualistic, isolated, and materialistic existence. As such, courage is an absolute and permanent good for collective human life. Specifically, Avramenko argues that when we risk "life and limb" for one another we reveal a fundamental care that binds our community together. Paradoxically, the same courage that brings humans together also drives us apart because courage is traditionally understood as manly, by definition, exclusionary, inegalitarian, and violent.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. 1. (Re)Introducing Courage
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. 2. Martial Courage and Honor
  2. pp. 23-81
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  1. 3. Political Courage and Justice
  2. pp. 83-138
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  1. 4. Moral Courage and Autonomy
  2. pp. 139-189
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  1. 5. Economic Courage and Wealth
  2. pp. 191-234
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  1. 6. The Aftermath
  2. pp. 235-255
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 257-319
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 321-351
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 353-361
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