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Sunday March 28, 2010 in Books

The Burden of Office
Agamemnon and Other Losers

By Joseph Tussman

Joseph Tussman’s The Burden of Office is a book about the nature of political authority. Consider the symptoms of our present dilemma: leadership reduced to media “sound bites,” legitimate public power sold off to the marketplace in the name of “privatization,” citizens transformed into dubiously literate consumers in a Global Village. Can we make sense of any of this?

To do so, Tussman turns to some of the oldest and greatest stories in our tradition. He re-reads and re-tells the tales of Moses, Oedipus, Orestes, Antigone, and King Lear. The re-tellings, as it quickly becomes apparent, are really new tellings that explore the deepest meanings of our social institutions. Tussman traces the tension between passion and puritanism in an effort to make sense of public office and public authority in a way that leads to neither blind obedience nor fashionable cynicism.

Lucid, original and ultimately wise, The Burden of Office is as much a work of literature as it is of philosophy.

ISBN 13: 9780889222656 | ISBN 10: 889222657
6 W x 9 H inches | 168 pages
$18.95 CAN / $14.95 US
Rights: World
Backlist | Non-Fiction | Bisac: PHI000000

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Joseph Tussman

Joseph Tussman (1914—2005) was an American educator. He was chair of the philosophy department at University of California, Berkeley, a prominent educational reformer, and a key figure in the campus controversy over the 1950s loyalty oath.

The Burden of Office
The Burden of Office

Joseph Tussman
Non-Fiction


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