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Breach of trust : truth, morality and politics / Raimond Gaita. (2004)

Authors: Gaita, Raimond, 1946-, Simons, Margaret, 1960-. Latham's world.
Publisher:Melbourne, Vic. : Black Inc.,
Uniqueness:
  • There are 73 copies of this book in other libraries
  • and 73 copies of this specific edition.
Subjects:
Also Titled:
  • Quarterly essay : breach of trust : truth, morality and politics.
  • QE16
  • Latham's world : the new politics of the outsiders.
Author:
  • Gaita, Raimond, 1946-
Content Types:
  • text
Carrier Types:
  • online resource
Physical Description:
  • 103 p. ; 24 cm.
  • 1 online resource (103 pages)
Series:
  • Quarterly essay, 1832-0953 ; issue 16
  • Quarterly essay, 1832-0953 ; issue 16
  • Quarterly essay ; issue 16
  • Quarterly essay ; issue 16
  • Quarterly essay ; issue 16.
  • Quarterly essay ; issue 16.
Summary:
  • Gaita asks essential questions about politics as it is practised today. What do politicians mean when they talk about "trust"? Why is truthfulness important? Are we as politically and morally divided as the Americans? Does the war on terror authorise leaders to do things once considered beyond the pale? Gaita argues for a conception of politics in which morality is not an optional extra. Discussing why politicians must at times be economical with the truth, he shows a way beyond cynicism on the one hand and moralising on the other. Politics, he says, is conceivably a noble vocation, as well as potentially a tragic one. He looks closely at patriotism and its distortion, and the temptation to betray our deepest values in the act of protecting ourselves.
  • "Discusses why successful politicians must at times be economical with the truth, but shows a way beyond cynicism on the one hand and moralising on the other." - cover.
  • "In the fourth Quarterly Essay of 2004, Raimond Gaita confronts essential questions about politics as it is practised today. What do politicians mean when they talk about "trust"? Why is truthfulness important? Are we as politically and morally divided as the Americans? Does the war on terror authorise leaders to do things that once were considered beyond the pale? Gaita argues for a conception of politics in which morality is not an optional extra. He discusses why successful politicians must at times be economical with the truth, but shows a way beyond cynicism on the one hand and moralising on the other. Politics, he says, is conceivably a noble vocation, as well as potentially a tragic one. He looks closely at patriotism and its distortion, and the temptation to betray our deepest values in the act of protecting ourselves. Combining gentle evocation with gloves-off argument, Breach of Trust is a clarion call from one of Australia's leading thinkers."
Contents:
  • Breach of trust : truth, morality and politics /​ Raimond Gaita
  • Correspondence /​ John Button, Dennis Glover, David Burchell, Annabel Crabb, Irving Saulwick, Margaret Simons.
  • More...
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Notes:
  • Qld Premier's Literary Awards 2005.
  • Cover title.
  • Each issue includes commentary/​correspondence on the topic covered the previous issue.
  • Individual articles are indexed in ParlInfo.
Other Form:
  • Print version Gaita, Raimond, 1946- Breach of trust 1863952292
Language:
  • English
ISBN:
  • 1863952292
  • 9781921825156 (electronic bk.)
  • 1921825154 (electronic bk.)
ISSN:
  • 1832-0953
Dewey Number:
  • 994.005
Libraries Australia ID:
  • 26485140
  • 26485140
  • 41310190
  • 41310190
  • 56315674
  • 56315674
Contributed by:
  • Libraries Australia

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