More than any other public figure, VOclav Havel has reflected on the opportunities and dilemmas facing humankind as a result of the collapse of Communism. In VOclav Havel: Civic Responsibility in the Postmodern Age, James F. Pontuso argues that Havel's life as a dissident and political leader, his political philosophy, and his plays must be understood as connected to one another. Pontuso skillfully explores these connections and explains Havel's prescriptions for political life.
James F. Pontuso is Elliott Professor of Political Science at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. He is the author of numerous books and articles on political thought, including Assault on Ideology: Solzhenitsyn's Political Thought.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 A Life like a Work of Art Chapter 3 A Hesitant Philosopher Chapter 4 A Dissident in an "Unnatural" World Chapter 5 An Ironic Playwright Chapter 6 Free Markets and Civil Society: Citizen in the Global Economy Chapter 7 An "Untactical" President Chapter 8 Index Chapter 9 About the Author