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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When they get too old to go out , a volunteer will bring them a hot meal , make up
their beds , and if the volunteer is a compassionate person , listen to their
whispering streams of memory . When they can ' t go on , an ambulance will take
... identity as rights - bearing creatures . Yet we are more than rights - bearing
creatures , and there is more to respect in a person than his rights . The
administrative good conscience of our time seems to consist in respecting
individuals ' rights ...
person. but. in. his. humanity . The. ground. zero. of. human. obligation. is that this
common humanity is reason enough for a claim on another ' s superfluity . This
claim is strictly egalitarian : each is entitled to the necessities of life , no more , no
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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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