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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0300070241
ISBN-13: 9780300070248
Sku: 30278243
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.75H x 6.5L x 1.25T
Pages:  416
 
While the Soviet Union was still a threat, to argue (as I do in this book) that we might be morally enlightened by the insights of Russian radical humanists was to swim against the ideological stream in the West. Liberal societies had never been more secure in their goals and values, and historians who identified with those values were not disposed to concede merit or insight to those whom they saw as having prepared the ground for the evils of Bolshevism. It has been noted that in dealing with the socialist tradition, such historians operate with a form of retrospective historicism that has peculiar affinities with the predictive historicism of Karl Marx; their verdicts on the ideals and motives of early socialists are delivered with the hindsight of those who know that socialism was destined for catastrophic failure.
This approach is now much less common: a fact that has less to do with the demise of the "Evil Empire" than with a deeper and more pervasive revolution, whose form Herzen dimly discerned in his vision of another shore. The "postmodern" condition has been variously defined, but there is a consensus that tits basic component is that we can no longer anchor our values in any universal ground, whether God, Reason, or History. The spectacular failure of twentieth-century attempts at the rational ordering of peoples and human affairs, combined with developments in science, philosophy, psychology, and social theory, has eroded our faith in all "grand narratives" of progress.
In this thought-provoking work, an internationally acclaimed scholar writes about the passion for ideology among 19th- and 20th-century Russian intellectuals and about the development of sophisticated critiques of ideology by a continuing minority of Russian thinkers inspired by libertarian humanism.
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In this thought-provoking book, an internationally acclaimed scholar writes about the passion for ideology among nineteenth and twentieth-century Russian intellectuals and about the development of sophisticated critiques of ideology by a continuing minority of Russian thinkers inspired by libertarian humanism.In this thought-provoking work, an internationally acclaimed scholar writes about the passion for ideology among 19th- and 20th-century Russian intellectuals and about the development of sophisticated critiques of ideology by a continuing minority of Russian thinkers inspired by libertarian humanism.
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A collection of essays on 19th-century Russian thought and its relevance to post-cold war politics and ideology. A "New York Times" Notable Book for 1998.

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"With its joint consideration of literature and thought and its stress on Russian pluralist and liberal traditions, this is a significant and exciting volume. Kelly makes a major statement on Russian thought, and also on our own." - Gary Saul Morson Spring 1998

New York Times Book Review
"In a collection covering such a long span of time there are bound to be inconsistencies here and there. However, everything Kelly produces is of interest, and her best essays are sheer delight. Packed with information, densely argued, clearly written, they remind us of that wonderful intoxication with ideas that is the hallmark of the Russian genius and that has marked Kelly herself to such good effect. She has performed a signal service by inviting Russia's thinkers back into the mainstream of political discourse." - Michael Scammell 08/09/1998

New York Review of Books
"...by far the best study of its kind available today. It is full of information, speculative, wise, witty....'Toward Another Shore' is a masterpiece of its kind, so absorbing that one wants to read it all in one sitting despite its variety and its length; for it is a book that is wonderfully easy to read, and one with no axe to grind. At the same time it argues a case--its own kind of case--illuminatingly and with great subtlety and distinction." - John Bayley 11/19/1998

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0416
Product attributePublisher:   Yale University Press
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