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Naïve readings : reveilles political and philosophic

Author: Ralph Lerner
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
One sure fact of humanity is that we all cherish our opinions and will often strongly resist efforts by others to change them. Philosophers and politicians have long understood this, and whenever they have sought to get us to think differently they have often resorted to forms of camouflage that slip their unsettling thoughts into our psyche without raising alarm. In this fascinating examination of a range of  Read more...

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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ralph Lerner
ISBN: 9780226353326 022635332X
OCLC Number: 1286775587
Description: 1 online resource (1 recurso electrónico.)
Contents: Looking for the figure in the carpet --
American originals The world through Ben's bifocals --
The Gospel according to the apostle Ben --
Jefferson's "Summary view" reviewed, yet again --
Lincoln: the statesman as outsider --
Stories to live by Of human ends in Bacon's Essayes --
Gibbon's "Jewish problem" --
Tocqueville's Burke, or Story as history --
In aid of lost souls A thread through Halevi's maze --
On first looking into Maimonides' guide --
Afterword.
Responsibility: Ralf Lerner.

Abstract:

One sure fact of humanity is that we all cherish our opinions and will often strongly resist efforts by others to change them. Philosophers and politicians have long understood this, and whenever they have sought to get us to think differently they have often resorted to forms of camouflage that slip their unsettling thoughts into our psyche without raising alarm. In this fascinating examination of a range of writers and thinkers, Ralph Lerner offers a new method of reading that detects this camouflage and offers a way toward deeper understandings of some of history's most important messages.

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