A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, Book 1) by Deborah Harkness

By Deborah Harkness

Book one of many New York Times–bestselling All Souls trilogy—"a splendidly resourceful grown-up myth with all of the magic of Harry Potter and Twilight" (People)

Deborah Harkness's gleaming debut, A Discovery of Witches, has introduced her into the highlight and galvanized lovers world wide. during this story of ardour and obsession, Diana Bishop, a tender pupil and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates along with her prime guy, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.

Harkness has created a universe to rival these of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and he or she provides a scholar's intensity to this riveting story of magic and suspense. the tale maintains in booklet , Shadow of Night, and concludes with The publication of Life, coming from Viking in July 2014.

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Adam Seligman, in The Idea o f Civil Society, argues that civil society might have existed in the historical past, but has since become a fragile construction; the conditions that sustained it have radically changed in today’s world. His prerequisites are the primacy of the individual, rights-bearing and autonomous, and a shared public space in which agreed rules and norms - morality - are sustained and followed (harking back to Cicero). Those norms must be universal for civil society to have meaning - nationalism, excessive individualism or ethnicity kills it.

Civil Society as Idea: An Analytical Hatstand? 23 of democracy (Oxhorn, 1995). The policy outcome for some international donor agencies has subsequently been a quest for the foundations, the pre-requisites of civil society. Donors have thus trained their analytical sights on the ingredients that are most mutable. Can one create a system of rights? What about a culture of association? As we shall see in the next chapter, the potential for successful intervention on such an enormous field becomes small - or, at best, very long term.

By the late twentieth century, civil society had thus been constructed in contrast to the State, the law, nature, morality, capitalism and socialism. Today, these debates, elaborated by the authors in coming sections, have been thrown together in a bit of a conceptual grab-bag, and have come out with surprising moral connotations. There are various real reasons for the resurgence of interest in civil society, as the following pages will argue. * As we continue the search for theoretical explanations and practical solutions to these problems, we reach for civil society in a utopian manner, using ‘civil society’ as code for values and institutions we think may present an answer - our analytical hatstand.

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