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Imperfect garden : the legacy of humanism

Author: Tzvetan Todorov
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2002.
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"Imperfect Garden is both an approachable intellectual history and a bracing treatise on how we should understand and experience our lives. In it, one of Europe's most prominent intellectuals explores the foundations, limits, and possibilities of humanist thinking. Through his critical but sympathetic excavation of humanism, Tzvetan Todorov seeks an answer to modernity's fundamental challenge: how to maintain our  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tzvetan Todorov
ISBN: 0691010471 9780691010472
OCLC Number: 47696826
Description: viii, 254 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prologue: The Hidden Pact 1 CHAPTER 1: The Interplay of Four Families 9 CHAPTER 2: The Declaration of Autonomy 47 CHAPTER 3: Interdependence 80 CHAPTER 4: Living Alone 94 CHAPTER 5: The Ways of Love 115 CHAPTER 6: The Individual : Plurality and Universality 139 CHAPTER 7: The Choice of Values 160 CHAPTER 8: A Morality Made for Humanity 178 CHAPTER 9: The Need for Enthusiasm 207 Epilogue: The Humanist Wager 226 Bibliography 239 Index 24 7
Other Titles: Jardin imparfait.
Responsibility: by Tzvetan Todorov ; translated by Carol Cosman.
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