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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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
Both writers insisted that the drama of human progress must be understood in its
historical , moral and economic dimension : theirs was a vision that social
science has since dispersed into the trackless capillaries of development studies
' on ...
The task of human progress was to increase the productivity of labour so that all
human beings could be freed from the slavery of basic need to embrace the free
choice of desire . In capitalist society , the rising productivity of labour had freed ...
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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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