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Caring for the future?: a response to Rupert Read

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Caring for the future? a response to Rupert Read . / Foster, John Michael.

In: Global Discourse, Vol. 7, No. 1, 05.2017, p. 168-170.

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Foster, John Michael. / Caring for the future? a response to Rupert Read . In: Global Discourse. 2017 ; Vol. 7, No. 1. pp. 168-170.

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