Another Way of Seeing: Essays on Transforming Law, Politics and Culture

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Quid Pro Books, Oct 11, 2013 - Political Science - 206 pages
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 In ANOTHER WAY OF SEEING, Peter Gabel argues that our most fundamental spiritual need as human beings is the desire for authentic mutual recognition. Because we live in a world in which this desire is systematically denied due to the legacy of fear of the other that has been passed on from generation to generation, we exist as what he calls "withdrawn selves," perceiving the other as a threat rather than as the source of our completion as social beings. Calling for a new kind of "spiritual activism" that speaks to this universal interpersonal longing, Gabel shows how we can transform law, politics, public policy, and culture so as to build a new social movement through which we become more fully present to each other--creating a new "parallel universe" existing alongside our socially separated world and reaffirming the social bond that inherently unites us.

"Peter Gabel is one of the grand prophetic voices in our day. He also is a long-distance runner in the struggle for justice. Don't miss this book!"
--Cornel West, The Class of 1943 Professor, Princeton University, and Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice, Union Theological Seminary 

"Replete with wise insights that reward readers with Another Way of Seeing toward their pursuit of compassion, community, and a better world, law professor, activist and philosopher Peter Gabel's excellent essay collection elaborates upon the meaning of Martin Luther King Jr.'s expression 'Justice is love correcting that which revolts against love.' No matter what your expertise, Gabel's thoughts are pertinent to fulfillment of your human possibilities."
--Ralph Nader, Washington, DC

 

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Contents

A SpiritualPolitical Way of Seeing
Law and Justice
Law and Hierarchy
Critical Legal Studies as a Spiritual Practice
From Individual Rights to the Beloved Community
Politics History Elections Movements
The Political Meaning of Bush v Gore
How to AvoidBecoming Coopted 10 Yes We Can?
SpiritualizingForeign Policy
The Portraits of Robert Bergman
Living With Illness in America
The SpiritualDimension ofSocial Justice
About the Author
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Peter Gabel is a former college president and law professor, the current Editor-at-Large of Tikkun magazine, and the author of the book, 'The Bank Teller and Other Essays on the Politics of Meaning.' He is also the president of the Arlene Francis Center for Spirit, Art, and Politics in Santa Rosa, California.

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