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Inventing The Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism Paperback – 25 March 2015

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  • Paperback : 448 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0141009544
  • ISBN-10 : 0141009543
  • Product Dimensions : 12.95 x 2.64 x 19.86 cm
  • Publisher : Penguin Press (25 March 2015)
  • Language: : English
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Magisterial, timeless, beautifully written ... Siedentop has achieved something quite extraordinary. He has explained us to ourselves, Spectator

One of the most stimulating books of political theory to have appeared in many years ... a refreshingly unorthodox account of the roots of modern liberalism in medieval Christian thinking -- John Gray, Literary Review

A brave, brilliant and beautifully written defence of the western tradition -- Paul Lay, History Today

Thoroughly interesting and fundamentally convincing ... admirably nuanced ... formidable ... Inventing the Individual is written with effortless lucidity -- Jeffrey Collins, TLS

An engrossing book of ideas ... illuminating, beautifully written and rigorously argued -- Kenan Malik, Independent

A most impressive work of philosophical history -- Robert Skidelsky

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Where do the ideas on which modern western states are built - equality and individual freedom - really come from? What does 'liberalism' mean? Why does it matter? Larry Siedentop's sweeping history offers a radical new perspective on the surprising origins of the beliefs that made us who we are.

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