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26 January 2006

336 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195189124


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Fear

The History of a Political Idea

Corey Robin

For many commentators, September 11 inaugurated a new era of fear. But as Corey Robin shows in his unsettling tour of the Western imagination, fear has shaped our politics and culture since time immemorial. From the Garden of Eden to today's headlines, Robin traces our growing fascination with political danger and disaster. As our faith in positive political principles recedes, he argues, we turn to fear as the justifying language of public life. We may not know the good, but we do know the bad. So we cling to fear, abandoning the quest for justice, equality, and freedom.

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