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The Defeat of the Mind
A passionate critique of Enlightenment--both in its contemporary invocation and its historical and cultural use--and a call to arms to rethink human equality and liberty without the sacrifice of individual rights and ethnicities.
Paperback, 165 pages
Published May 23rd 1996 by Columbia University Press
(first published 1987)
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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 fo ...more
stunning book. very impressed. talks about humanity, culture, youth and music effortlessly and coherently skiping from one subject to the next. men feel in their hearts that they belong to the same people when they share the same ideas, interests, memories, affections and hopes. the section of Goethe first going from very pro german to recommending that German TRASLATIONS of poems from abroad to be considered for a German poetry anthology he was overseeing was incredible. the ook talks about thi ...more
Mai este gândirea parte a ceea ce astăzi numim cultură? Ce valoare au elementele edificiului cultural contemporan? Și până la urmă, care este direcția de urmat în viitorul culturii? Cartea caută răspunsuri la aceste și alte întrebări pornind de analiza rolului pe care omul l-a jucat și îl joacă în interiorul grupurilor din care face parte liber sau impus și a felului în care aceste grupuri (societăți sau culturi) au căutat să interacționeze în timpul scurs de la momentul definitoriu al Iluminism ...more