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The Defeat of the Mind by Alain Finkielkraut
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Apr 08, 10

bookshelves: philosophy
Recommended for: Anyone
Read in March, 2010

This critique of multiculturalism discusses and argues against the ideas of Lévi-Strauss. I liked the writing well enough, but as a repudiation of identity politics it's too France-centric. Much of the discussion centers on the post-colonial era, whereas Americans might look at the same thing through the prism of black relations to the dominant white culture. The author's point is the same in either case: Identity has been made into the enemy of individuality. A good book for Europeans, so-so for the rest.
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