Human Goodness

Hardcover | March 25, 2008

byYi-fu Tuan

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In his many best-selling books, Yi-Fu Tuan seizes big, metaphysical issues and considers them in uniquely accessible ways. Human Goodness is evidence of this talent and is both as simple, and as epic, as it sounds.
            Genuinely good people and their actions, Tuan contends, are far from boring, naive, and trite; they are complex, varied, and enormously exciting. In a refreshing antidote to skeptical times, he writes of ordinary human courtesies, as simple as busing your dishes after eating, that make society functional and livable. And he writes of extraordinary courage and inventiveness under the weight of adversity and evil. He considers the impact of communal goodness over time, and his sketches of six very different individuals—Confucius, Socrates, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, John Keats, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, and Simone Weil—confirm that there are human lives that can encourage and lead us to our better selves.
 
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In his many best-selling books, Yi-Fu Tuan seizes big, metaphysical issues and considers them in uniquely accessible ways. Human Goodness is evidence of this talent and is both as simple, and as epic, as it sounds.            Genuinely good people and their actions, Tuan contends, are far from boring, naive, and trite; they are complex...

Yi-Fu Tuan is the author of more than two dozen critically acclaimed books, including Space and Place, Topophilia, Escapism, Coming Home to China, and Dominance and Affection: The Making of Pets. His previous books published by the University of Wisconsin Press are The Good Life, Morality and Imagination, and the autobiography Who Am I...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 7.25 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:March 25, 2008Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299226700

ISBN - 13:9780299226701

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Human Goodness is a book of prose. However, its very human themes, especially the segment containing vignettes from daily life, bear similarity with what Gaston Bachelard judged to be a good mark of poetry: It prompts the reader to leave the reading at some point and begin to daydream or remember one’s own life experiences.” ––Edmund V. Bunske, Annals of the Association of American Geographers