- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press (6 July 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0300122543
- ISBN-13: 978-0300122541
- Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 14.9 x 2 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 569,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Manliness Paperback – 6 Jul 2007
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'Mansfield draws on a rich variety of sources...a treatise on how American society reached the point that it has.' -- Shane Hegarty, The Irish Times, 17th June 2006 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Hardcover.
About the Author
Harvey C. Mansfield is William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Government, Harvard University.
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The work follows a familiar line of thinking - locating the cause of modern relativism and nihilism in the foundational texts of liberal democracy by Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Locke. The attempt to bring the light of reason into the cave is accompanied by an explicit denunciation of courage and manliness. This, ironically, ultimately leads to an explosion of irrationality and assertion (Simon de Beauvoir) that cannot satisfy simultaneously the desire for independence and transcendence. Never once denying the evils of traditional patriarchy, Mansfield looks to the classical political philosophy of Aristotle and Plato to find a way out.
The incredible wit and gravitas of Mansfield makes for a compelling account of what manliness is, and I'm so sorry but no, he is not politically correct.
"I don't mind giving you advice but I don't want to rob you of your duty to think and your freedom to choose."
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