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- DescriptionIn this acclaimed exploration of the search for 'authentic' individual identity, Marshall Berman explores the historical experiences and needs out of which this new radicalism arose. Focussing on eighteenth-century Paris, a time and place in which a distinctively modern form of society was just coming into its own, Berman shows how the ideal of authenticity - of a self that could organize the individual's energy and direct it toward his own happiness - articulated eighteenth-century man's deepest responses to this brave new world, and his most ardent hope for a new life in it. Exploring in particular the ideas of Montesquieu and Rousseau, Berman shows how the ideal of authenticity was radically opposed to the bourgeois, capitalistic idea of 'self-interest'.
- Author BiographyMARSHALL BERMAN is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center. His books include All that Is Solid Melts into Air and, most recently, On the Town: One Hundred Years of Spectacle in Times Square.
- Author(s)Marshall Berman
- PublisherVerso Books
- Date of Publication01/11/2009
- SubjectPolitical Ideologies & Parties
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintVerso Books
- Weight454 g
- Width127 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine26 mm
- Edition StatementNew edition
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