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- DescriptionIn a culture that worships ceaseless striving, settling seems like giving up. But is it? On Settling defends the positive value of settling, explaining why this disdained practice is t only more realistic but more useful than an excessive ideal of striving. In fact, the book makes the case that we'd all be lost without settling--and that even to strive, one must first settle. We may admire strivers and love the ideal of striving, but who of us could get through a day without settling? Real people, confronted with a complex problem, simply make do, settling for some resolution that, while almost certainly t the best that one could find by devoting limitless time and attention to the problem, is netheless good eugh. Robert Goodin explores the dynamics of this process. These involve taking as fixed, for w, things that we reserve the right to reopen later (thing is fixed for good, although events might always overtake us). We settle on some things in order to concentrate better on others. At the same time we realize we may need to come back later and reconsider those decisions. From settling on and settling for, to settling down and settling in, On Settling explains why settling is useful for planning, creating trust, and strengthening the social fabric--and why settling is different from compromise and resignation. So, the next time you're faced with a thorny problem, just settle. It's failure.
- Author BiographyRobert E. Goodin is professor of government at the University of Essex and distinguished professor of philosophy and social and political theory at Australian National University.
- Author(s)Robert E. Goodin
- PublisherPrinceton University Press
- Date of Publication16/09/2012
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPrinceton University Press
- Weight28 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine15 mm
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