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Playing The Fool

Author : Ralph Lerner
ISBN : 9780226473178
Genre : Political Science
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The role of the fool is to provoke the powerful to question their convictions, preferably while avoiding a beating. Fools accomplish this not by hectoring their audience, but by broaching sensitive topics indirectly, often disguising their message in a joke or a tale. Writers and thinkers throughout history have adopted the fool’s approach, and here Ralph Lerner turns to six of them—Thomas More, Francis Bacon, Robert Burton, Pierre Bayle, Benjamin Franklin, and Edward Gibbon—to elucidate the strategies these men employed to persuade the heedless, the zealous, and the overly confident to pause and reconsider. As Playing the Fool makes plain, all these men lived through periods marked by fanaticism, particularly with regard to religion and its relation to the state. In such a troubled context, advocating on behalf of skepticism and against tyranny could easily lead to censure, or even, as in More’s case, execution. And so, Lerner reveals, these serious thinkers relied on humor to move their readers toward a more reasoned understanding of the world and our place in it. At once erudite and entertaining, Playing the Fool is an eloquently thought-provoking look at the lives and writings of these masterly authors.


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Genre : American literature
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The Praise Of Folly

Author : Desiderius Erasmus
ISBN : 0300097344
Genre : Philosophy
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First published in Paris in 1511, this book is full of humorous, occasionally pessimistic and sometimes cynical diatribes against mankind. The author's principal targets: the Roman Catholic Church, his fellow countrymen, the Dutch, and women.

Counterculture Kaleidoscope

Author : Nadya Zimmerman
ISBN : STANFORD:36105131781002
Genre : History
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Counterculture Kaleidoscope explores the traditions represented in the cultural and musical practices of the late Sixties San Francisco counterculture. Dismantling the notion that the movement was all about rebellion and opposition, the book dislodges two myths: first, that the counterculture was an organized sociopolitical movement consisting of progressive people (dubbed "hippies") with a shared agenda who opposed the mainstream, and second, that the counterculture was a pure and innocent entity co-opted by commercialism and transformed over time into an agent of so-called "hip consumerism."--Publisher description.

Library Journal

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Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.

American Book Publishing Record

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Program Of The Annual Meeting American Historical Association

Author : American Historical Association. Meeting
ISBN : WISC:89077170397
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Some programs include also the programs of societies meeting concurrently with the association.

The Complete Works Of St Thomas More

Author : Thomas More ((saint ;)
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