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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Giving the aged poor their pension and providing them with medical care may be
a necessary condition for their self - respect and their dignity , but it is not a
sufficient condition . It is the manner of the giving that counts and the moral basis
If basic need is what is necessary to man as a natural being , these additional
claims are due him as a social being . If a man ' s need is what is necessary to his
survival , his due is what is essential to his honour - to his self - regard , and to the
We share with other tribes the idea that certain forms of knowledge are necessary
to our health , but we are the only tribe which believes that such necessary
knowledge can be private knowledge – the science of the individual . We have ...
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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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