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Melancholic Freedom: Agency and the Spirit of Politics

David Kyuman Kim


Why does agency — the capacity to make choices and to act in the world — matter to us? Why is it meaningful that our intentions have effects in the world, that they reflect our sense of identity, that they embody what we value? What kinds of motivations are available for political agency and judgment in an age that lacks the enthusiasm associated with the great emancipatory movements for civil rights and gender equality? What are the conditions for the possibility of being an effective agent when the meaning of democracy has become less transparent? This book addresses these crucial questions ... More

Keywords: human agency, judgment, civil rights, gender equality, democracy, discrimination, religious experience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195319828
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195319828.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Kyuman Kim, author
Connecticut College
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