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On the Public By Alastair Hannay (University of Oslo, Norway)

On the Public by Alastair Hannay (University of Oslo, Norway)

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The media often talk about public opinion, the 'American' or 'British' public, or the movie-going public. A public can hold an opinion and be divided.

On the Public Summary

On the Public by Alastair Hannay (University of Oslo, Norway)

The media often talk about public opinion, the 'American' or 'British' public, or the movie-going public. A public can hold an opinion and be divided. What is the public and where did it come from? Is there one public or many? Is the very idea of the public a myth?

In this fascinating book, Alastair Hannay explores these questions and unpacks a much talked about but little understood phenomenon. He begins by tracing the origins of the public back to ancient Rome, before arguing that the idea of a public sphere is closely linked to the birth of democracy in the eighteenth century. He also reflects on the Enlightenment and the origins of public opinion, as well as considering the role of the media in creating and manipulating the public, and asks whether the very idea of the public might be uprooted and undermined by the Internet and global technology.

Engaging and controversial in equal measure, On the Public also draws on famous thinkers who have written about the public, such as Kierkegaard, Hannah Arendt, John Dewey and Jurgen Habermas.

On the Public Reviews

'Hannay's provocative book points out that the potential of the public lies in its ability to stop observing and start acting...to become...an agent of change that can make politicians sit up and listen' Times Literary Supplement

'Philosopher Alastair Hannay's On the Public ... is an interesting short guide.' - New Scientist

About Alastair Hannay (University of Oslo, Norway)

Alastair Hannay is Emeritus Professor of philosophy at the University of Oslo. He is the author of many books, including Mental Images and Kierkegaard. He has translated several of Kierkegaard's works for Penguin Classics and was for many years the editor of the journal Inquiry, also published by Routledge.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Preface 1. The public 2. Public as audience 3. The public sphere 4. Public opinion 5. Emptying public space 6. Privacy and the media 7. A common sense 8. Transforming the private sphere Conclusion Notes Bibliography

Additional information

GOR005513197
On the Public by Alastair Hannay (University of Oslo, Norway)
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Taylor & Francis Ltd
2005-03-23
146
0415327938
9780415327930
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