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 live in a market street in north London . Every Tuesday morning there is a
barrow outside my door and a cluster of old age pensioners rummage through
the torn curtains , buttonless shirts , stained vests , torn jackets , frayed trousers
because they live within a welfare state , these needs confer entitlements - rights
- to the resources of people like me . ' Their needs and their entitlements
establish a silent relation between us . As we stand together in line at the post
Stoic self - command will never be anything else than ' coercion and struggle ' , a
condition of guilt rather than a state of health . 5 For Augustine it was a sign of
God ' s pity that the Son he sent to live among men took it upon himself to suffer ...
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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
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