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Liberation: Project, Method, Object

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This conclusion presents an overview of concepts discussed in this book. The book presents six case studies of major figures who have put themselves out at considerable risk, some for their physical freedom, all for their professional reputation, calling into question with particular acuity the false note of the modern west. It demonstrates that critical practice is an issue of a perceptive individual, fully and consciously engaged in a particular historical situation and that the resulting working-through of that contemporary history by writing it into life, using some form of humanly resonant narrative, is not just part of the process needed to display the content of the critical consciousness, but that this narrative-generating process is the crucial expression of critical practice in action. Critical practice of the form exposed by these case studies is the generic expression of civic responsibility pushed to the height of aspiration in an open society.

Keywords: case studies; humanly resonant narrative; physical freedom



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