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Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism
Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism
by Larry Siedentop
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.60

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - a tour de force, 28 April 2014
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Siedentop's grasp of his subject and of the whole sweep of the history of ideas in western culture, as well as the clarity of his writing, makes this book a delight to read and a powerful antidote to the obscurantist denial of the key role that Christianity has played in the shaping of the Western democratic tradition of political life and thought. From his brilliantly sustained argument, it is clear that while the institutional Church has clearly at times sought to exercise authoritarian control over political life, the underlying dynamic unleashed by the radical inclusivity of the gospel and its development by Paul, Augustine and others has contributed immeasurably to the fundamental principles of equality and liberty which underpin the liberal democratic vision. His message is a vital one for a generation that has lost touch with its historical roots and is in danger of falling prey to profoundly illiberal trends, whether from fundamentalist religion or arrogant and intolerant atheism.


Red Tory: How Left and Right have Broken Britain and How we can Fix It
Red Tory: How Left and Right have Broken Britain and How we can Fix It
by Phillip Blond
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.72

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Tory - well worth the read, 27 May 2011
Red Tory is a stimulating challenge to the intrasigencies of left and right. It offers a thought-provoking alternative to the empty platitudes of the now bankrupt so-called "liberalism" of the last fifty years. There is real meat here for those who want to find a new way of conceiving and ordering social and political life. A must-read - and then pass it on!


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