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    DescriptionWhat is civilization? Why do we need it? And what can civilization offer us in an age of irony? The idea of civilization is a complex one, tangled up for years in ideas of colonialism and politics. John Armstrong explores the nature and aims of civilization in this elegant and witty book, examining how civilizing forces from the Greeks to the Renaissance have shaped and coloured our ideas of what a good existence means. Only by bringing conversations about civilization back into our everyday lives, Armstrong reveals, can we rediscover our chance for wisdom and happiness.

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    In Search of Civilization
    Remaking a Tarnished Idea
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Armstrong
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 160 g
    ISBN 13: 9780141031064
    ISBN 10: 0141031069

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.7
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: JFC
    DC22: 306
    BISAC V2.8: PHI009000
    Thema V1.0: JBCC
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    24 June 2010
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    Author Information
    Associate Professor John Armstrong is Philosopher in Residence at the Melbourne Business School and Senior Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor of Melbourne University. Born in Glasgow and educated at Oxford and London, he has lived in Australia since 2001. He is the author of several internationally acclaimed books on art, aesthetics and philosophy, including The Secret Power of Beauty and Conditions of Love.
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    A passionate and often very personal defence of civilization's qualities Financial Times His style is fluent, his personality engaging, his wit sharp, his mind cultivated and his sensibilities keen The Times John Armstrong is a Good Thing ... determined to return moral philosophy to the intercourse of ordinary people The Times Higher Education Supplement