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Toward Freedom and Dignity is a humanist's view of the humanities in an age of burgeoning technology. O. B. Hardison Jr. deals with the status of the humanities and their future—how they are regarded and how they may come to contribute to a genuinely humane society. He argues that humanistic studies are not a luxury in either education or society. They are central to the preparation of human beings for the kind of society that is possible if we manage to avoid an Orwellian technocracy. Social goals and priorities must be set in terms of the ideal of a culture truly adjusted to human needs and human limitations. In framing his argument, Hardison draws on ideas of the humanities since the Renaissance, especially on the philosophical humanities that emerged in Europe in the works of authors like Kant, Schiller, and Coleridge. He is untroubled by anti-humanistic trends in college curricula and the surrounding culture, and he contends that we have only one practical option: to ensure that culture evolves toward a more humane society, toward freedom and dignity.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Halftitle
  2. p. i
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright
  2. p. iv
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  1. Dedication
  2. p. v
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  1. Epigraphs
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  1. Contents
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xxvi
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  1. 1. No Possum, No Sop, No Taters; or, a Lack of Cash and a Failure of Nerve
  2. p. 1
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  1. Chapter 2
  2. pp. 3-27
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  1. 2. Through the College Catalogue with Spade and Camera
  2. p. 29
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  1. Chapter 4
  2. pp. 31-57
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  1. 3. The Orator and the Poet: The Dilemma of Renaissance Humanism
  2. p. 59
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  1. Chapter 6
  2. pp. 61-83
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  1. 4. Summerhill—and After
  2. p. 85
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  1. Chapter 8
  2. pp. 87-109
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  1. 5. An Old Age Is Out: Industrial Society and the Future of Humanism
  2. p. 111
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  1. Chapter 10
  2. pp. 113-132
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  1. 6. Demanding the Impossible
  2. p. 133
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  1. Chapter 12
  2. pp. 135-158
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 159-163
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421430485
Related ISBN
9781421430898
MARC Record
OCLC
1117489378
Launched on MUSE
2019-09-12
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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