Public Goods, Private Goods

Public Goods, Private Goods

Public Goods, Private Goods

Public Goods, Private Goods

Synopsis

"Much political thinking today, particularly that influenced by liberalism, assumes a clear distinction between the public and the private, and holds that the correct understanding of this distinction should weigh heavily in our attitude to human goods. It is widely held, for instance, that the state may address human action in the "public" realm but not in the "private." In Public Goods, Private Goods Raymond Geuss exposes the profound flaws of such thinking and calls for a more nuanced approach. Drawing on a series of colorful examples from the ancient world, he illustrates some of the many ways in which actions can in fact be understood as public or private." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

In 1984 MY THEN colleague at Princeton, Robert Maxwell, invited me to give a paper at a conference on “The Public Realm” which he was organizing at the School of Architecture (of which he was dean). This was the first time I tried to think in a sustained way about the concepts of the public and the private and their relation to each other, and I am very grateful to Robert Maxwell for providing me with that opportunity. Unfortunately my only copy of the paper I wrote was stolen from my hotel room in Belgrade in 1986, so I was especially pleased to be invited to give a talk in September 1999 at a conference here at Cambridge on “Asian and Western Conceptions of Public and Private,” because it allowed me to return to this topic and have a second try at it. I gave a talk entitled “Shamelessness, Spirituality, and the Common Good,” and this book is an expansion of that talk. I wish to thank the organizers of the conference, the Institute for the Integrated Study of Future Generations (Kyoto), the institute’s president TaeChang Kim, John Dunn, and Ross Harrison for the kind invitation to speak. I have greatly bene-

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.