- Eye Opening
Renowned political philosopher Larry Siedentop argues that liberal concepts of personal freedom and equality originated in Christian thought. In this “genealogy” of the individual, Siedentop interrogates long-held assertions that the Renaissance was the “rebirth” of an ancient concept of a human-centric universe. He traces 18 centuries of arguments among philosophers and Christian lawmakers that defined individual freedom in evolving social institutions. Reframing assumptions about the origins of liberal secular thought, Siedentop explains the roots of the Western self. Readers interested in philosophy, history and the history of religion will enjoy his exploration.
About the Author
Sir Larry Siedentop, CBE is an American-born British political philosopher and historian who served as a fellow of Keble College and a faculty lecturer in political thought at the University of Oxford. His 2000 book, Democracy in Europe, influenced the European Constitutional Convention.
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