The Morals of History
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Morals of History by Tzvetan Todorov
Book DescriptionThe celebrated scholar Tzvetan Todorov offers a study examining the complex relationship between "ethics" and "history". Exploring such questions as "How does one measure and experience freedom in the depths of society?" and "How does one practise and measure equality among different societies?", Todorov confronts topics ranging from the conquest of America and 19th-century colonialism, to democracy and conflicts of the "self" versus the "other". As he probes the effects of intercultural relationships and the difficulties inherent to the representation of the other, Todorov describes his own experience as a Bulgarian living in France. He also studies a variety of travel narratives from those of Columbus to Amerigo Vespucci to Lamartine, and he analyzes with great clarity the writings of the "ideologues" of both colonialism and anticolonialism. Offering an urgent call to contemporary intellectuals to re-examine their role in society and to integrate values into their work, "The Morals of History" explores the relationship between facts and values, truth and fiction, interpretation and articulation. Addressed to a broad audience, it should intrigue readers interested in contemporary discussions regarding the outcome of democracy and the future of late capitalism, the persistence of a logic of conquest and ethnocentrism, and the signs which point to emerging fascisms.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780816622986
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 8-Feb-1995
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Tzvetan Todorov
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Recounts the author's own experiences with totalitarianism in his native Bulgaria, offering a historical look at communism. This title reveals the essence of totalitarian ideology, the characteristics of daily life under communism, and the irony of democratic messianism.
Limits of Art, Hardback (December 2010)» View all books by Tzvetan Todorov
Explores the complex relations between art, politics, and ethics. This book traces the intimate relationship between avant-garde art and radical politics in pre-revolutionary Russia, pre-fascist Italy, and pre-Nazi Germany. It re-examines the age-old question of what can be expected from art and whether it should be emancipated from ethics.
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