Logotipo librería Marcial Pons
The Tyranny of Guilt

The Tyranny of Guilt
an essay on Wester Masochism

  • ISBN: 9780691143767
  • Editorial: Princeton University Press
  • Lugar de la edición: New Jersey. Estados Unidos de Norteamérica
  • Encuadernación: Cartoné
  • Medidas: 22 cm
  • Nº Pág.: 239
  • Idiomas: Inglés

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'With eloquence, relish, and confidence, Pascal Bruckner confronts those whose morbid addiction to self-blame has begun to flirt with the suicidal. It's not necessary to concur with him about what constitutes faith or the lack of it. More useful and surprising (and educational) is to compare his authentic quotations from Fanon with the currently received opinion of that author. This is a book that issues a challenge in every chapter, and in some chapters on every page.'Christopher Hitchens 'With controlled anger, Pascal Bruckner scrutinizes European civilization and unsparingly tells the truth, no matter how congenial: Europe is worth admiring and emulating. Its spirit of critical inquiry has produced a culture of tolerance, liberalism, and learning. Its historical sins of omission and commission are legion, yet its values have allowed us to supersede them. In attacking a republican heresy of guilt without accountability, Bruckner chooses the right target and to great effect. This is a bracing call for the universality of republican ideals.'Oliver Kamm, columnist and editorial writer for The Times (London)'In telling the West not to die of guilt, Pascal Bruckner has laid himself open to attack from all those who think it should. But this essential book, subtly argued and scholarly though it is, has a simple formulation at its heart that would be enough by itself to convey the power of his case: the West didn't invent slavery, the West invented its abolition. His ability to focus light on propositions like that makes him one of the indispensable philosophers of our time." Clive James, novelist, poet, and essayist'Bruckner's writing combines wit, learning, andsavage indignation. The result is a brilliant defense of liberalism and a deservedly contemptuous assault on all those intellectuals who have betrayed its best values.'Nick Cohen, author of What's Left?: How the Left Lost Its Way"Pascal Bruckner might well be the most distinguished essay writer in France today.


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