The Needs of Strangers
This thought provoking book uncovers a crisis in the political imagination, a wide-spread failure to provide the passionate sense of community "in which our need for belonging can be met." Seeking the answers to fundamental questions, Michael Ignatieff writes vividly both about ideas and about the people who tried to live by them from Augustine to Bosch, from Rosseau to Simone Weil. Incisive and moving, "The Needs of Strangers" returns 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 ...
His entitlement inheres not in his 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 ...
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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
THE BODY AND THE SPIRIT
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