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    DescriptionEuropean history of the past century is full of examples of philosophers, writers, and jurists who, whether they lived in democratic, communist, or fascist societies, supported and defended totalitarian principles and horrific regimes. But how can intellectuals, who should be alert to the evils of tyranny, betray the ideals of freedom and independent inquiry? How can they take positions that, implicitly or not, endorse oppression and human suffering on a vast scale? In profiles of Martin Heidegger, Carl Schmitt, Walter Benjamin, Alexandre Kojeve, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Derrida, Mark Lilla demonstrates how these thinkers were so deluded by the ideologies and convulsions of their times that they closed their eyes to authoritarianism, brutality, and state terror. He shows how intellectuals who fail to master their passions can be driven into a political sphere they scarcely understand, with momentous results for our intellectual and political lives.

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    The Reckless Mind
    Intellectuals in Politics
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mark Lilla
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 236
    Width: 124 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    ISBN 13: 9781590170717
    ISBN 10: 1590170717

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27430
    BIC E4L: POL
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    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.2
    BIC subject category V2: HPCF, JPF, JPA
    BISAC V2.8: PHI019000
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    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 40
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    Ingram Subject Code: PL
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 26
    LC classification: JA
    B&T General Subject: 610
    BISAC V2.8: POL042030, POL031000
    B&T Approval Code: A14504600, A01650000
    DC21: 320.0922
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    LC classification: HM728
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    DC22: 305.552094
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    The New York Review of Books, Inc
    Imprint name
    NYRB Collections
    Publication date
    12 February 2004
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Mark Lilla is Professor at the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. He is the author of G.B. Vico: The Making of an Anti-Modern(1993) and the editor of New French Thought: Political Philosophy (1991). His latest book is The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics, and the Modern West.
    Review quote
    ""An accessible summary look at eight 20-th century thinkers."