On Thinking Institutionally

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Paradigm Publishers, 2008 - Education - 221 pages
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David Brooks discusses On Thinking Institutionally in a recent column. Read it here! David Brooks Column A brilliant look at institutions as popular as professional sports and as austere as the Supreme Court, all through the lens of what it means to 'think institutionally.' The twenty-first-century mind deeply distrusts the authority of institutions. It has taken several centuries for advocates of 'critical' thinking to convince Western culture that to be rational, liberated, authentic, and modern means to be anti-institutional. In this mold-breaking book, Hugh Heclo moves beyond the abstract academic realm of thinking 'about' institutions to the more personal significance and larger social meaning of what it is to 'think institutionally.' His account ranges from 'respect for the game' of baseball to Greek philosophy, from twenty-first-century corporate and political scandals to Christian theology and the concept of 'office' and 'professionalism.' Think what you will about one institution or another, but after Heclo, no reader will be left in doubt about why it matters to think and act institutionally. What do these things have in common?

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Our Modern Impasse
From Thinking about Institutions
Being Institutionally Minded

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