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In Praise of Doubt


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Peter Berger is a renowned American sociologist, Professor Emeritus at Boston University, and author of several books, most notably The Social Construction of Reality. Anton C. Zijderveld is Professor Emeritus of General Sociology at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He taught briefly in the United States and Canada. Among his many publications are The Abstract Society, On Cliches, and Reality in a Looking-Glass.


"The best parts of In Praise of Doubt explore the cultural battlegrounds where a consensus has broken down or not yet coalesced . . . Messrs. Berger and Zijderveld are optimistic: They believe that moral progress is on the march and that moderation is a virtue everyone can agree on."--Wall Street Journal
"This is . . . a serious attempt to explain how to find middle ground between conviction - religious and otherwise - and doubt. . . . In fact, Berger and Zijderveld argue that doubt -- especially as expressed in the idea of a loyal opposition -- is at the heart of a democratic system."--Los Angeles Times

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