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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The motor of this history was the interaction between the division of labour , the
creation of surplus , the emergence of new needs , the foundation of private
property and the unequal distribution of surplus among classes . For Smith this
With exchange came specialization and the division of labour . 8 As tasks
became specialized , the species began to realize its unique ability : to generate
a surplus , to expand the scarcity constraints of nature and thus to release its own
division of labour : in the formation of a system of education staffed by paid
teachers specializing in martial and civic instruction . Only the reproduction of
common belief through education could re - forge the social linkages fractured by
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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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