The Needs of Strangers
What do we need in order to survive?
Whose needs do we have a right to speak for?
Which needs can be satisfied through political actions, and which cannot?
To answer these vital questions, Michael Ignatieff returns to the ancient languages of religion, art, and tragedy--and to important texts by Shakespeare, St. Augustine, and the great writers of the Enlightenment.
Drawing on these sources, he has written an incisive, moving interpretation of community and democracy in a work that not only examines the breakdown of human solidarity but shows how it might be re-created. The Needs of Strangers restores philosophy to its proper place as a guide to the art of being human.
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I begin with what is probably the most profound examination of need as a human
obligation : King Lear , and in particular the king ' s speech which begins ' O ,
reason not the need ! ' The play is built around the contrast between the social ...
There is no deeper reflection on the claim of need , on the role of the natural and
the social in the grounding of the claim , than King Lear . ? It is a play that sets out
to show us why we must take the needs of others on trust , by showing how ...
But the beseeching register in ' reason not the need ' invokes a house where
needs are not reasoned because love knows how to reconcile their antinomies .
The register of Lear ' s speech is beseeching rather than peremptory because he
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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
Tragedy and Utopia
THE NATURAL AND THE SOCIAL
BODY AND SPIRIT
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