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The Unconscious Civilization

The Unconscious Civilization

Book - 2005 | Second edition
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Governor General's Award Winner

Tenth Anniverary Edition, with a new preface

Our society, John Ralston Saul argues in his 1995 CBC Massey Lectures, is only superficially based on the individual and democracy. Increasingly it is conformist and corporatist, a society in which legitimacy lies with specialist or interest groups and decisions are made through constant negotiations between these groups.

The paradox of our situation is that knowledge has not made us conscious. Instead, we have sought refuge in a world of illusion where language is cut off from reality. Reconnecting language to reality, clarifying what we mean by individualism and democracy, making these realities central to the citizen's life, identifying ideologies in order to control them, these are among the first elements of equilibrium which Saul proposes in these lectures.

Publisher: Toronto : House of Anansi Press, 2005
Edition: Second edition
ISBN: 9780887847318
Branch Call Number: 320.01 S25u4
Characteristics: xv, 205 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation


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