By Ernest Gellner, César Cansino
The untimely dying in 1991 of the Brazilian essayist, philosopher and diplomat Jos? G. Merquior robbed the foreign highbrow group of a talented `friend of cause and a defender of modernity'. a number of essays during this quantity, at once or in a roundabout way, generally or for my part, pay tribute to the existence and paintings of this `politically engaged intellectual'. half I examines Merquiorian suggestion itself and--aptly enough--begins along with his personal incisive evaluation of the rebirth of the liberal inspiration. half II levels extra largely: right here, such special participants as John corridor, Ernest Gellner and Norberto Bobbio strengthen a few of Merquior's favorite topics - liberalism because it pertains to social solidarity, political balance, morality, republicanism and democracy, and the relativism and scepticism that signify postmodern considering. The book's software to 2 areas of the area is direct and visible: to Merquior's personal Latin the United States and to relevant and jap Europe, the place speedy political switch and financial transition have introduced debates on liberalism to the leading edge. yet in Merquior's notion there also are classes for Western Europe and the USA, the place the very familiarity of the liberal culture can result in a undeniable sterility of rules. If this ebook may help to introduce a brand new viewpoint into Western political highbrow circles, then this by myself may represent a becoming memorial to Jos? G. Merquior.
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