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On kindness / Adam Phillips and Barbara Taylor.

  • Phillips, Adam, 1954-
Date
2009
  • Books

About this work

Description

"In this brilliant book, [authors] examine the pleasures and perils of kindness. Modern people have been taught to perceive ourselves as fundamentally antagonistic to one another, our motives self-seeking. Drawing on intellectual history, literature, psychoanalysis, and contemporary social theory, this book explains how and why we have chosen loneliness over connection. On Kindess argues that a life lived in instinctive, sympathetic identification with others is the one we should allow ourselves to live."--Cover.

Publication/Creation

New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.

Physical description

115 pages ; 20 cm

Edition

First American edition, 2009.

Notes

"Originally published in slightly different form in 2009 by Hamish Hamilton, Great Britain"--Title page verso.
"A portion of the chapter "A Short History of Kindness" originally appeared, in slightly different form, in The Believer"--Title page verso.

Contents

Against kindness -- A short history of kindness -- How kind? -- The kindness instinct -- Modern kindness.

Languages

  • English


Where to find it

  • LocationStatus
    History of Medicine
    PQE.AM
    Open shelves

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Identifiers

ISBN

  • 9780374226503
  • 0374226504