Ingratiation from the Renaissance to the Present: The Art and Ethics of Gaining Favor (Hardback)Jeff Diamond (author)
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Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of pages: 236
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 239 x 157 x 24 mm
There has always been a tension between honesty and agreeableness. When does innocently trying to please others turn into lying and unethical manipulation? This volume brings out the answers of Machiavelli, Erasmus, More, and Montaigne, four of the most original thinkers of the Renaissance. This study provides food for thought for our own negotiation of the proper balance, sometimes delicate and hard to pin down. -- John Christian Laursen, University of California, Riverside
What do Cicero, Castiglione, Machiavelli, Erasmus, More, Montaigne, Rousseau, and Lord Chesterfield have in common with Anthony Robbins and Dale Carnegie? All of these figures at one time or another grappled with the necessity for social accommodation, and with the question of just how far one can indulge in this art without sacrificing one's integrity. In this sprightly study, Jeff Diamond traces the history of ingratiation and of the moral dilemmas to which it gives rise-and this he does with a keen eye for the changing character of the setting within which ingratiation was required. -- Paul A. Rahe, Hillsdale College
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