Pursuing Perfection: People, Groups, And Society

Hardcover | March 1, 1999

byLeonard W. Doob

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The pursuit of perfection is one of humanity's most basic aspirations. In the tradition of meliorism, this volume addresses timeless questions such as: How can we lead a better or more satisfying existence? How can we be happier than we are now? What must we know or do to achieve such an important, elusive goal? In the absence of everlastingly valid principles, the author proposes seven useful, if imperfect, guides for us to follow as we edge towards perfection--determinism, imperfection, singularity, perspective, evaluation, searching, and surprise. Drawing upon the findings of psychologists, sociologists, philosophers, and anthropologists, this volume challenges and helps its readers to improve their existence as individuals and as members of groups and society.

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The pursuit of perfection is one of humanity's most basic aspirations. In the tradition of meliorism, this volume addresses timeless questions such as: How can we lead a better or more satisfying existence? How can we be happier than we are now? What must we know or do to achieve such an important, elusive goal? In the absence of everl...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9.82 × 6.42 × 0.82 inPublished:March 1, 1999Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275964485

ISBN - 13:9780275964481

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.,."the book is a methods-in-psychology book; a book designed to make us better psychologists. It is at least that and, as such, I enthusiastically recommended it....he leaps in a fascinating way from one captivating topic to another....It is...an experience, one to be enjoyed and remembered. Besides, as its author intendes and hopes, it might even make us all a little better."-Contemporary Psychology