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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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 cápitalist 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
THE BODY AND THE SPIRIT
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