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In Praise of Doubt

How to Have Convictions Without Becoming a Fanatic
  • By Peter Berger, Anton Zijderveld
Two top sociologists map out how individuals can reclaim their convictions from the twin dangers of fundamentalism and a loss of moral values. Brilliant yet clear . . . this is vintage Berger spiced with Zijderveld's philosophical perspectives.--Os Guinness, author of "The Case for Civility."

We are stuck. Both as a culture and as individuals' we find it much easier to articulate what we are against and find ourselves at a loss for words when we need to articulate what we are for. World-famous sociologists Peter Berger and Anton Zijderveld team up to present a profound treatment of how we can have confidence in our convictions-in such ideals as democracy' human rights' equality under the law' etc.-without succumbing to the radical doubts of relativism and the certainties of fundamentalism. With new lenses for seeing the influence modernism' relativism' and fundamentalism' they explore the roles of humor' doubt' and social norms that help us have convictions without grasping them so tightly that we become fanatical.

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9780061778179
    • Manufacturer: Harper One
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9780061778179
    • Publication Date: 09/01/2010
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Peter Berger
    • Author: Anton Zijderveld
    • Page Count: 192
    • Width: 5.28 inches
    • Height: 0.51 inches
    • Length: 7.86 inches
    • Weight: 0.36 pounds
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