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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Merely to ask this is to show how daunting , how utopian is the vision of a society
of individuals both free and happy . ... This was the utopia of More , Rousseau
and Marx : each understood that freedom and happiness could be reconciled
In the Discourse on Political Economy , his most extended attempt to ground
utopia in an economics of the encircling capitalist world , each new measure of
protection against encirclement makes his utopia more coercive . Taxes would
have to ...
become the utopia for many inhabitants of actually existing socialism . This ironic
and tragic enactment of utopia is an endless source of self - congratulation in the
West . Yet where in this global empire , in this universal market that prides itself ...
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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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