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Beleaguered Rulers By William F. May

Beleaguered Rulers
by William F. May

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Social critic May asks professionals--whom he calls the leaders of culture in contemporary Western society--to abandon their self-interested pursuits and contribute to the common good.
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Beleaguered Rulers: The Public Obligation of the Professional by William F. May

Professionals today wield an enormous public power. Collectively, their decisions affect the patient's plight, the client's fate, the student's future, the city's scape, the Earth's sustainability, the worker's fair treatment, and the durability of institution's great and small. Yet professionals do not perceive themselves as power wielders. They feel beleaguered, marginal, insufficiently appreciated, often under siege. Thus they tend to obscure for themselves their obligation to the common good. This book explores eight professions as they struggle with their double identity--as a means to livelihood and as a "common calling in the spirit of public service." An interpretation of American culture emerges from its pages, as social critic William May opens up the ways in which each profession answers to something deep in the American spirit.

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About William F. May

William F. May is Cary M. Maguire Professor Emeritus at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas. He is the author of The Patient's Ordeal and Testing the Medical Covenant.

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Beleaguered Rulers: The Public Obligation of the Professional by William F. May
William F. May
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Westminster/John Knox Press,U.S.
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The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.