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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In the manner of his own dying , Hume certainly vindicated the human capacity
for self - command , but in his own philosophy , he tended to rate the capacities of
ordinary mortals much lower : such virtue as they possess depends on the ...
11 ; see also Anthony Flew Hume ' s Philosophy of Belief : A Study of his First
Inquiry ( London : Routledge and Kegan Paul , 1960 ) pp . 1 - 22 . 13 - David
Hume A Treatise of Human Nature ( Oxford : Oxford University Press , 1978 ) , p .
The Needs of Strangers restores philosophy to its proper place as a guide to the
art of being human . " Ignatieff frames his questions with passion and precision (
in a } searching and beautifully written meditation on human needs .
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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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