Inventing the Individual

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Harvard University Press, Oct 20, 2014 - Political Science - 433 pages
Here, in a grand narrative spanning 1,800 years of European history, a distinguished political philosopher firmly rejects Western liberalism’s usual account of itself: its emergence in opposition to religion in the early modern era. Larry Siedentop argues instead that liberal thought is, in its underlying assumptions, the offspring of the Church.
 

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The new book from Larry Siedentop, acclaimed author of Democracy in Europe, Inventing the Individual is a highly original rethinking of how our moral beliefs were formed and their impact on western ... Read full review

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I was sent this book to read and I struggled to get through it. In fact, I skipped whole sections in the middle. It's very academic, extremely repetitive and, despite Seidentop's massive body of ... Read full review

Contents

What is the West About?
1
The World of Antiquity
5
A Moral Revolution
49
Towards the Idea of Fundamental Law
111
Europe Acquires its Identity
163
A New Model of Government
223
The Birth Pangs of Modern Liberty
279
Christianity and Secularism
349
Select Bibliography and Endnotes
365
Index
387
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Larry Siedentop is Emeritus Fellow of Keble College, Oxford.

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