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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Promethean man creates progress , and re - creates himself in the blind spiral of
his own needing . Rousseau ' s revolt against this ironic doctrine of blind
progress brought home to his contemporaries , as it does for us , the dimensions
When Hume and Smith made basic need rather than rational choice the motor of
progress , 25 they did so with a strong sense of the provocation their doctrines
offered to the Stoic and Christian depreciation of material need . As Smith told his
On to the savage , European men projected their own doubts and disillusions
about progress . When Locke had said , ' In the beginning , all was America ' , he
meant that it was the American tribes who offered that image of autarkic virtue
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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
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