Beleagued Rulers: The Public Obligation of the Professional  -     By: William F. May
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Beleagued Rulers: The Public Obligation of the Professional

Westminster John Knox Press / 2001 / Paperback

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The animal residents of Busytown learn useful lessons about manners, thoughtfulness, and caring in this perky, funny paperback. Brightly illustrated pictures, recommended for ages 4 and under.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2001
ISBN: 066422671X
ISBN-13: 9780664226718

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Professionals today wield an enormous public power. Collectively, their decisions affect the patient's plight, the client's fate, the student's future, the city's scape, the Earth's sustainability, the worker's fair treatment, and the durability of institution's great and small. Yet professionals do not perceive themselves as power wielders. They feel beleaguered, marginal, insufficiently appreciated, often under siege. Thus they tend to obscure for themselves their obligation to the common good. This book explores eight professions as they struggle with their double identity--as a means to livelihood and as a "common calling in the spirit of public service." An interpretation of American culture emerges from its pages, as social critic William May opens up the ways in which each profession answers to something deep in the American spirit.

Author Bio

William F. May is Cary M. Maguire Professor Emeritus at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas. He is the author of The Patient's Ordeal and Testing the Medical Covenant.

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