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'... the philosopher Onora O'Neill, a Cambridge academic who purges the ivory-tower associations with a clarity of thought and expression addressed to real issues.' Martin Hoyle, Financial Times

'... the principal of Newnham College, Cambridge, is winning praise for her calmly diffident description of a society whose accountability mania puts it too much in the power of a manipulative central government, for her criticism of human rights rhetoric and her belief that a virtuous individual's action can change history.' The Times

'Onora O'Neill is talking more good sense than any previous lecturer I can recall.' Sunday Telegraph

'The Sun welcomes this debate on cynicism in public life.' Sun

'She is brilliant at making a lazy society define its terms ...'. Jasper Gerard, The Sunday Times

'... the principal of Newnham College, Cambridge, is winning praise for her calmly dissident description of a society whose accountability mania puts it too much in the power of a manipulative central government, for her criticism of human rights rhetoric and her belief that a virtuous individual's action can change history.' Vanora Bennett, The Times

'As a moral philosopher, O'Neill specialises in that dizzying thing: teasing out contradictions and confusions within concepts that the rest of us unthinkingly bandy about.' Elisabeth Mahoney, Guardian

'Her lectures are therefore fascinating because they are both thoughtful and relevant.' Rachel Sylvester, Telegraph

'O'Neill ... writes with great clarity and verve. Being a philosopher, she is concerned to raise issues for consideration, to provoke debate, to make us think more deeply ... she articulates and gives depth to issues that must be in many people's minds.' Catholic Herald

The combination of serious philosophical discussion with journalistic presentational skills has been brought to a fine art by O'Neill ... The subject of these lectures [is] of enormous and immediate importance ... if anything is transparent, it is the truthfulness and good sense of this most admirable lecturer' Baroness Warnock, The Times Higher Education Supplement

'... a stimulating and lively read ...'. Practical Philosophy

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Onora O'Neill's timely new work highlights a great paradox: in order to inspire trust, we, the public, require more accountability, more transparency. But the more we learn about our financial institutions, our politicians, our medical practitioners, our clergy, and many other people who have a direct effect on our lives, the less willing we are to trust them. Their word is doubted, their motives questioned. Whether real or perceived, this crisis of trust has a debilitating impact on society and democracy. Can trust be restored by making people and institutions more accountable in a modern democracy? Or do complex systems of accountability and control damage trust? O'nora O' Neill challenges current approaches to accountability, investigates sources of deception in our society and re-examines questions of press freedom. |L O'Neill presented these ideas this spring as a part of the BBC Radio 4's reith Lectures. Established in 1948, the Reith Lectures are presented to advance public understanding about significant issues of contemporary interest. Previous lecturers include Bertrand Russel, Robert Oppenheimer, and J.K. Galbraith.
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Product Details

  • Series: BBC Reith Lectures
  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521529964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521529969
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,214,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Henry Wong on October 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
As other authors have pointed out, the American society and those in other countries are less "connected" than ever before. Indeed, there is ample evidence that people trust their government, business leaders, professionals, and each other less.
This collection of five lectures explores how the phenomenon happens and what can be done to avert the current trend. In particular, the author argued that many current meausres of improving trust, such as increasing transparency and accountability of public and private sectors, usually miss the main point and may do more harm than good.
Some of her suggested solutions are very noble indeed. They can nevertheless be implemented if only more people understand the importance of trust as a fundamental farbic in demoracy, business, and each individual's well-being. The book serves as a very elementary introduction to such an issue.
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By Frank on February 7, 2015
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Very well-written lecture that introduces key normative concepts to a wide audience.
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