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A Conception of Authority: An Introductory Study


reviewed by Philip H. Phenix 1972

coverTitle: A Conception of Authority: An Introductory Study
Author(s): Kenneth D. Benne
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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In a world as rapidly changing as ours one would hardly expect to find a work on social and political philosophy, originally published shortly before Pearl Harbor and growing out of concerned reflection on the issues and events of the 1930s, to ring true and to speak freshly to the vastly altered situation of the 1970s. It is a mark of its fundamental quality and of the depth and breadth of its insights that this work by Kenneth Benne contradicts that expectation. So basic is its analysis that there is not a page that might not well have been written in response to our most pressing current concerns in education and social policy. The theme of Benne's book is the meaning of "authority." This is a concept that is fun­damental to most of today's issues in eco­nomics, politics, social organization, ethics, and education. The fate of inflation control through price and wage regulation is a ques­tion of authority. Problems of civil rights and of law... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 73 Number 4, 1972, p. 595-597
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1609, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 7:54:35 AM

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