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Hardcover | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262193818 | 232 pp. | 5.6 x 8.6 in | May 1997
Paperback | $29.95 Trade | £20.95 | ISBN: 9780262692243 | 232 pp. | 5.6 x 8.6 in | February 1999

Disclosing New Worlds

Entrepreneurship, Democratic Action, and the Cultivation of Solidarity


Disclosing New Worlds calls for a recovery of a way of being that has always characterized human life at its best. The book argues that human beings are at their best not when they are engaged in abstract reflection, but when they are intensely involved in changing the taken-for-granted, everyday practices in some domain of their culture—that is, when they are making history. History-making, in this account, refers not to wars and transfers of political power, but to changes in the way we understand and deal with ourselves. The authors identify entrepreneurship, democratic action, and the creation of solidarity as the three major arenas in which people make history, and they focus on three prime methods of history-making—reconfiguration, cross-appropriation, and articulation.

About the Author

Hubert L. Dreyfus is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley.


“A brave attempt to reformulate the relationship between democratic rights and economic progress in an age when the triumphalism of technological advance masks an unconfident vision of the future.”—Peter Aspden , Financial Times