Contentment in Contention: Acceptance versus Aspiration

Hardcover | January 15, 2012

byBeverley Southgate

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Southgate draws on ideas within history, philosophy, literature, psychology, and theology to explore two traditions: contentment with our situation as it is, and the aspiration to transcend it. He discusses the possibility ofescape from intellectual constraints, and advocates a positive 'duty of discontent', and its implications.

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Southgate draws on ideas within history, philosophy, literature, psychology, and theology to explore two traditions: contentment with our situation as it is, and the aspiration to transcend it. He discusses the possibility ofescape from intellectual constraints, and advocates a positive 'duty of discontent', and its implications.

BEVERLEY SOUTHGATE Reader Emeritus in History of Ideas at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. His many publications include Postmodernism in History (2003), What is History For? (2005), and History Meets Fiction (2009). He is currently working on aspects of history's relationships with art.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.56 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230354599

ISBN - 13:9780230354593

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Epigram
Introduction
Contentment with 'Reality' and 'Common-sense'
Contentment within Cages (i): Science, Ethics, Politics
Contentment within Cages (ii): Language and History
Cages: Dogmatism and Escape
Antidote to Contentment: the Sublime
Education for Contentment? Utility, Conformity, Dissent
Conclusion
Postscript
Notes
Bibliography
Index