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The Resource In praise of intransigence : the perils of flexibility, Richard H. Weisberg

In praise of intransigence : the perils of flexibility, Richard H. Weisberg

Label
In praise of intransigence : the perils of flexibility
Title
In praise of intransigence
Title remainder
the perils of flexibility
Statement of responsibility
Richard H. Weisberg
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Richard Weisberg has written a wonderfully contrarian essay attacking the prevalent notion that compromise is a good in itself and instead defending the virtue of sticking to one's principles come what may. Whether or not one is wholly convinced by the well-written and often eloquent argument, with concrete examples vividly presented, it provides an excellent mental workout and thus aids in the clarification of one's own position."--Sanford Levinson, author of Framed: America's 51 Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance"Richard Weisberg has written an impassioned plea for 'principled tenacity.' He ranges widely, from Antiquity to the present (including especially interesting work on racial laws in Vichy France) in an argument that will surely provoke dissent -- as it is intended to do."--Peter Brooks, Princeton University"In a bracing and incisive polemic, Richard Weisberg asks us to let go of our Enlightenment/Postmodern preference for flexibility and open-mindedness, and embrace the virtue of the intractability that is said to characterize a steadfast adherence to first principles. Refusing the labels 'dogmatic, ' 'stiff-necked, ' 'stubborn' and 'fanatical, ' Weisberg documents and analyzes the damage done by those who in the name of many-sidedness justify radical departures from plain meaning and plain morality. Witty, learned, and engagingly personal, this book will no doubt provoke spirited discussion and generate a literature of its own."
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
170
Index
index present
LC call number
BJ301
LC item number
.W45 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
In praise of intransigence : the perils of flexibility, Richard H. Weisberg
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-175) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Thinking about the way we think: how flexibility can be fatal -- The politics of compromise: "red-baiting" takes a new form -- The use and abuse of flexible distortion in the New Testament and early Christian thought -- Wartime France and the occupied British islands: two "flexiphobes" unyieldingly fight the genocidal trend and are joined by a sitting judge in Nazi Germany itself -- Secular story tellers present the limits of compromise: Shakespeare, Glaspell, and Faulkner -- Flexible distortions of American law and tradition, or how saints Paul and John influence fundamental social policy
Control code
zmeld2 b7011181
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xv, 182 pages
Isbn
9780199334988
Isbn Type
(hardback : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013032055
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
2013032055
System control number
(Sirsi) a1904390
Label
In praise of intransigence : the perils of flexibility, Richard H. Weisberg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-175) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Thinking about the way we think: how flexibility can be fatal -- The politics of compromise: "red-baiting" takes a new form -- The use and abuse of flexible distortion in the New Testament and early Christian thought -- Wartime France and the occupied British islands: two "flexiphobes" unyieldingly fight the genocidal trend and are joined by a sitting judge in Nazi Germany itself -- Secular story tellers present the limits of compromise: Shakespeare, Glaspell, and Faulkner -- Flexible distortions of American law and tradition, or how saints Paul and John influence fundamental social policy
Control code
zmeld2 b7011181
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xv, 182 pages
Isbn
9780199334988
Isbn Type
(hardback : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013032055
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
2013032055
System control number
(Sirsi) a1904390

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