In Commonwealth and Covenant Marcia Pally argues that in order to deal with current socioecomic problems, we need t ecomic formulas but rather a better understanding of who we are, where we've come from, and how we interact with one ather in our shared world. Pally describes the basic setup of human society as separability-amid-situatedness or distinction-amid-relation. Though we are all unique individuals, we are also inextricably interconnected with the people and environments around us. Pally argues that our culture's overemphasis on separability - our individualism run amok - results in corporate greed, adversarial and deceitful political discourse, resource grabbing, broken relationships, and a host of other social ills. Arguing that separability and situatedness can and must be brought into greater balance, Pally draws upon intellectual history, philosophy, and - especially - historic Jewish and Christian theologies of relationality to construct a new framework for addressing our most serious ecomic and political problems. ADVANCE PRAISE In her previous writing Marcia Pally has demonstrated keen insight into the American religious situation. In this well-crafted and highly readable book Pally takes a central principle in the American spiritual heritage -the covenant - and relates it with impressive skill to the psychological and political dimensions of our lives. This book advances the discussion in many ways and should t be missed -- Harvey Cox, Harvard University
Marcia Pally teaches multilingual multicultural studies at New York University and at Fordham University and is a guest professor in the theology department at Humboldt University in Berlin. She is also the author of The New Evangelicals: Expanding the Vision for the Common Good.