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    Description"A self-effacing, humane and unparanoid call to change our wealthy yet often barbaric world for the better." * In this provocative cri de coeur, the philosopher John Armstrong rescues the idea of civilization from irrelevance and connects it to our search for individual happiness. "Civilization" once referred to a society's technological prowess, its political development, or its cultural achievement. In the modern era, however, the word became burdened by the legacy of colonialism and connotations of elitism. For it to have value once again, according to Armstrong, we must understand that a society balances material prosperity with spiritual prosperity if it is to merit the term "civilized"--and currently we are impoverished. "In Search of Civilization "is his corrective. As he roams from anecdote to aesthetic appreciation--from the banality of an early job at an insurance company to the redemptive wonders of a seventeenth-century church spire visible out an office window, from Adam Smith's philosophy to the Japanese tea ceremony--Armstrong reminds us that culture lies within us and that its nourishment is essential to a flourishing society.

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    In Search of Civilization
    Remaking a Tarnished Idea
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Armstrong
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 195
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    ISBN 13: 9781555975807
    ISBN 10: 1555975801

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    LC classification: CB19 .A775 2011
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    Graywolf Press
    Imprint name
    Graywolf Press
    Publication date
    29 March 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Minneapolis, MN
    Author Information
    JOHN ARMSTRONG is Philosopher-in-Residence at the Melbourne Business School and senior adviser to the vice-chancellor of Melbourne University. He is the author of several internationally acclaimed books on art, aesthetics, and philosophy.
    Review quote
    "[Armstrong] is out to lead philosophy back to its most urgent, traditional and noble task: that of helping us to live wisely and well. His new book, lyrical, courageous and uplifting, is seeking to do nothing less than reform the ambitions of western societies." --*ALAIN DE BOTTON, "The Observer"