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Nobility of Spirit : A Forgotten Ideal (Paperback)

Author: Riemen, Rob

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Already translated into ten languages, this brief testament to the transformative power of ideas is resonating with readersespecially the rising generationthroughout the world.

Nobility of Spirit is a spiritual journey to the source of those valuesespecially truth, freedom and dignitythat must be sustained in order for civilization to flourish. Riemen explores the tradition from Socrates and Spinoza, to Goethe, Whitman, and Thomas Mannsingular individuals who courageously refused to compromise their ideals, and he engages with them with great insight, intimacy and invention. It is the anti-fascist Mann with whom Riemen feels a particular affinity, and who serves as a beacon to a world free of barbarism. Mann?s 1945 volume, Nobility of Spirit: Sixteen Essays on the Problem of Humanity, inspires the form of Riemen?s inquiry. Indeed, Riemen?s eloquent meditation on "nobility of spirit" begins with an extraordinary encounter with Elisabeth Mann Borghese, guardian of the oceans, and the last surviving daughter of the great author ofThe Magic Mountain and other masterworks. Riemen?s slim, powerful volume ends with an essay on Leone Ginsberg, an Italian Jewish intellectual murdered by the Nazis, who implores his wifethe novelist Natalia Ginsburgto be brave? as he is taken to his death. Ultimately, Riemen calls for all of us to be brave? as we battle those forcesterror, hate and ignorancethat are conspiring against humanity.

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Publisher Yale Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780300158533
SKU 211282171
Format Paperback
ISBN10 030015853X
Release Date 9/1/2009
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0116
Publisher Yale University Press
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