The Needs of Strangers

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Once again in print, this thought-provoking book uncovers a crisis in the political imagination, a wide-spread failure to provide a profound sense of community "in which our need of belonging can be met." Seeking the answers to fundamental questions, Michael Ignatieff writes vividly both about ideas and about people who tried to live by them-from Augustine to Bosch, Rousseau to Simone Weil. Incisive and moving, The Needs of Strangers returns philosophy to its proper place, as a ...
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Overview

Once again in print, this thought-provoking book uncovers a crisis in the political imagination, a wide-spread failure to provide a profound sense of community "in which our need of belonging can be met." Seeking the answers to fundamental questions, Michael Ignatieff writes vividly both about ideas and about people who tried to live by them-from Augustine to Bosch, Rousseau 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.

Author Biography: Michael Ignatieff is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, among other publications, and the author of many acclaimed books including Blood and Belonging, Isaiah Berlin, Virtual War, The Warrior's Honor, and The Russian Album. He lives in London and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

An important study on the central ideas of community, democracy and justice as linked with politics and philosophy in human life.

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"Elegant meditations on human need. Ignatieff says something concrete and serious about each of his large topics."
—Michael Walzer, The New Republic

"Ignatieff frames his questions with passion and precision [in a] searching and beautifully written meditation on human needs."
Christian Science Monitor

"Michael Ignatieff writes an urgent prose … he will convince people, in highly readable fashion, that the ideas he discusses really matter."
—Salman Rushdie, The Guardian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670505777
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1985
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Ignatieff was born in Toronto in 1947 and educated at the University of Toronto and Harvard University, from which he received a Ph.D. in 1976. A journalist on the Toronto Globe and Mail from 1965 to 1968, a professor of history at the University of British Columbia from 1976 to 1978, and Senior Research Fellow at King's College, Cambridge, from 1978 to 1984, he is also author of A Just Measure of Pain and co-author of Wealth and Virtue: The Shaping of Political Economy in the Scottish Enlightenment. Mr Ignatieff lives in London with his wife and son.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Tragedy and Utopia
1. The Natural and the Social: King Lear
2. Body and Spirit: Augustine, Bosch, Erasmus, Pascal
3. Metaphysics and the Market: Hume and Boswell
4. The Market and the Republic: Smith and Rousseau
Conclusion: Homelessness and Belonging
Notes
Index

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