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Utopian Essays and Practical Proposals


reviewed by Richard Rorty 1963

coverTitle: Utopian Essays and Practical Proposals
Author(s): P. Goodman
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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This is a collection of occasional pieces which Paul Goodman has written over the last decade or so. Like most such collections, it is of uneven quality. Some of the essays are brilliant and memorable—for instance, a psychological study of "The Intellectual Inhibition of Explosive Grief and Anger" and a sketch of the history of "Advance-guard writing in America: 1900-1950." Some are thoughtful and sensible—those falling under the heading of "practical proposals," in which Goodman argues, for instance, in favor of banning cars from Manhattan and legalizing "hard-core" pornography. A few are dull and verge on fatuity. In such pieces as "Seating Arrangements: An Elementary Lecture in Functional Planning" and "Some Problems of Interpretation: Silence and Speech as Action," Goodman sounds as if he had been asked to speak on a topic about which he had nothing of particular urgency to say. In general, Goodman is at his best (which is... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 64 Number 8, 1963, p. 743-743
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2949, Date Accessed: 11/15/2018 5:48:34 AM

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