The Needs of Strangers

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Vintage, 1994 - Liberalism - 156 pages
This brilliant and penetrating book uncovers a crisis in the political imagination, a wide-spread failure to provide the passionate sense of community "in which our need for belonging can be met". Seeking the answers to fundamental questions, Michael Ignatieff writes vividly both about ideas and about the people who tried to live by them - from Augustine to Bosch, from Rousseau to Simone Weil. Incisive and moving, The Needs of Strangers return to philosophy to its proper place, as a guide to the art of being human.

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Although I found the conclusion anticlimactic, the preceding chapter were full of suggestive insights, drawing upon connections in literature not easily seen to others. The first on Shakespeare's Lear ... Read full review

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About the author (1994)

Michael Ignatieff was born in Canada in 1947. A former Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge and a distinguished writer and broadcaster, he is the author of A Just Measure of Pain, The Needs of Strangers and The Russian Album. His first novel, Asya, was published by Chatto & Windus in 1991 and his second novel, Scar Tissue, was shortlisted for the 1993 Booker Prize.

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