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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To reflect upon sex in Paradise , therefore , was to define what attitude a
Christian ought to take towards the desires of the body . Augustine believed that
both the Platonist and Manichean positions did the wisdom of God an essential
... no tearing of flesh , no travail in consummation or in birth . There would have
been no shame in nakedness , no disgust in the body , no remorse in the soul ,
because body and soul would have been at one in obedience to God ' s
Since the human soul is united by nature to the body there is within it a natural
appetite for that union . The will could find no perfect rest until the soul and body
are joined again . This is the resurrection of man from the dead . 18 For ...
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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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