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Humanism and Democratic Criticism (Columbia Themes in Philosophy)

Humanism and Democratic Criticism (Columbia Themes in Philosophy)
Author: Edward W. Said
ISBN 13: 9780231122641
ISBN 10: 231122640
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: 2004-04-28
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 192
List Price: $26.95

By considering the emerging social responsibilities of writers and intellectuals in an ever more interconnected world and pointing out that the canonized thinkers of today were yesterday's revolutionaries, Said makes a persuasive case for humanistic education and a more democratic form of intellectual criticism.

The New York Times - Laura Ciolkowski

In Humanism and Democratic Criticism, Edward Said writes an impassioned apologia for a cosmopolitan, playful and rigorously inquisitive brand of humanist practice. Along the way, he wrestles with the shadows of T. S. Eliot and Allan Bloom, among others, whose elitist humanism is a slap in the face to the secular democratic criticism Said champions. If Said, who died last year, also fights off the philosophical incursions of Claude L vi-Strauss and Michel Foucault -- thinkers who provided the vital building blocks for his groundbreaking book, Orientalism (1978) -- it is because he rejects their apparent scorn for the humanist faith in the power of men and women to effect change.