6 edition of Inventing the individual found in the catalog.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
|Statement||edited by Larry H. Peer.|
|Contributions||Peer, Larry H., International Conference on Romanticism.|
|LC Classifications||PR590 .I58 2002|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xiii, 207 p. ;|
|Number of Pages||207|
|LC Control Number||2003276811|
In response to Communism, Isaiah Berlin did not so much defend as deform the liberal tradition, which to that point had focused less on the fight against ideological enemies except Christianity itself than on the institutionalization of freedom and equality. But it seems to me that in this work, Inventing the individual book in his highly practised hands, Siedentop has achieved something quite extraordinary. Editorial Reviews In this learned, subtle, enjoyable and digestible work [Siedentop] has offered back to us a proper version of ourselves. As the author of a provocative analysis of the European Union, Democracy in Europeand as an expert on Tocqueville, Siedentop must be aware that looking for intellectual origins is always problematic. There was a time before the individual, and Siedentop spends his first few chapters dwelling on it: the ancient world, in which individuals were wholly subordinated to family structures. Then there is everything that Siedentop leaves out.
For better or worse, things have just happened to us. But when he comes to the problem of institutionalization, Siedentop constantly substitutes conclusion for explanation. And prime amidst that was the father. The early Christian church had a very different starting assumption. His writings include a study of Tocqueville, an edition of Guizot's History of Civilization in Europe, and Democracy in Europe, which has been translated into a dozen languages.
All that need be said is that there can be few better ways to understand that depth of tradition, or feel appropriate gratitude for it, than to read this magisterial, timeless yet timely work. He has explained us to ourselves' Spectator This Inventing the individual book and stimulating book describes how a moral revolution in the first centuries AD - the discovery of human freedom and its universal potential - led to a social revolution in the west. There are large parts of the world where other beliefs flourish - fundamentalist Islam, which denies the equality of women and is often ambiguous about individual rights and representative institutions; quasi-capitalist China, where a form of utilitarianism enshrines state interests even at the expense of justice and liberty. It was the arguments of canon lawyers, theologians and philosophers from the eleventh to the fourteenth century, rather than the Renaissance, that laid the foundation for liberal democracy. See also.
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Thus their approach, as Siedentop describes it, is an indispensable counterpart to the usual focus in our own liberal tradition, which prizes normative justification rather than a story about how we came to defend liberal values, through what institutions and practices. Inventing the individual book a time when we on the left need to be stirred from our dogmatic slumbers, Inventing the Individual Inventing the individual book a reminder of some core values that are pretty widely shared.
Such issues had a cardinal importance in the evolution of the idea of the individual; and how exclusive it could be was shown in the reaction of Europeans to the previously unknown peoples of the New World after Columbus crossed the Atlantic in They preserved a fundamental assumption of equality and avoided the trappings of inherited power.
Larry Siedentop has written a philosophical history in the spirit of Voltaire, Condorcet, Hegel, and Guizot. The eminent Oxford historian Richard Southern wrote far more about this than the one, rather general book of his that Siedentop cites, Western Society and the Church in the Middle Ages Robert Skidelsky Like the best books, Inventing the Individual both teaches you something new and makes you want to argue with it.
In this case Siedentop tells a history that stretches from ancient Greece to the Renaissance.
Individualism was not how society centered itself. Like the historical work of Brian Tierney, then, Siedentop helps show that Inventing the individual book rights, rule of law, and equal rights are concerns prompted by this ontological and moral revolution ingredient in the Christian religion albeit often inadequately or inconsistently applied in various ways.
By the end of the Middle Ages, moral equality had barely begun to be translated into political equality, nor the secular state to subject itself to liberal norms.
At the very opening of Inventing the Individual Larry Siedentop lays this problem out. Unlike their Anglo-American counterparts Inventing the individual book Thomas Hobbes to John Rawls, Frenchmen did not rely on the thought experiment of the social contract to motivate allegiance to liberal norms.
As the author of a provocative analysis of the European Union, Democracy in Europeand as an expert on Tocqueville, Siedentop must be aware that looking for intellectual origins is always problematic. All that need be said is that there can be few better ways to understand that depth of tradition, or feel appropriate gratitude for it, than to read this magisterial, timeless yet timely work.
Siedentop relies on Tierney to claim medieval origins for the doctrine of natural rights, and both are on firm ground in doing so. Of course, a lot turns on how believable the narrative is.
He romantically assumes that all citizens were equals. Does his claim that nominalism encourages equality not blur a debate about human rights with a logically distinct discussion of metaphysics ? When Siedentop alludes to the Crusades it is to remark on how they unified Europe and encouraged knights to put their petty feudalism aside in order to agree that Christians should never kill fellow Christians—as if the main problem were not how medieval Christians learned to tolerate other sorts of people or understand the rest of humanity to be on par with themselves.
Siedentop dallies in the Middle Ages in implausible reaction to anxiety and worry, distorting the history of liberalism and omitting how much further Inventing the individual book had to go—still has to go—to take individual freedom and equality seriously.
In his closing pages he notes that Inventing the individual book forgetfulness, ignorance and sometimes even hatred of our past with which the West is now afflicted is already having severe effects.
There are large parts of the world where other beliefs flourish - fundamentalist Islam, which denies the equality of women and is often ambiguous about individual rights and representative institutions; quasi-capitalist China, where a form of utilitarianism enshrines state interests even at the expense of justice and liberty.
Meanwhile, in Europe there exists a strain of thought which will give no credit whatsoever to the religious tradition from which we come. In the face of these challenges, Siedentop urges that understanding the origins of our own liberal ideas is more than ever an important part of knowing who we are.
The new book from Larry Siedentop, acclaimed author of Democracy in Europe, Inventing the Individual is a highly original rethinking of how our moral beliefs were formed and their impact on western society today 'Magisterial, timeless, beautifully written In unpractised hands this makes such history impossible to contain and the results impossible to read.
The Nation - James Miller. If the founders of Christianity made individuals matter, and matter equally, it was not for the sake of a new set of beliefs about the social order, let alone a new liberal politics.
Debates often swirl around the historical genealogy of them and the best moral or philosophical justifications or motivations for them. Like Guizot, he assumes he has to look hard at the period between antiquity and modernity, since it must have been in that interim that the commitment to the value of the individual emerged.May 02, · Inventing the Individual.
While Inventing the individual book was in Singapore last month I spent the better part of an Inventing the individual book browsing the Kinokuniya bookstore.
One of the books that stood out to me was Larry Siedentop’s Inventing the Individual. It’s subtitle, The Origins of. Inventing - Merit Badge Workbook Page. 2 of 10 b. List three inventions and how they have helped humankind. 1. 2. 3. 2. Do ONE of the following: a. Identify and interview with a buddy (and with your parent’s permission and merit badge counselor’s approval) an individual in your community who has invented a useful item.
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