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Global Origins of the Modern Self, from Montaigne to Suzuki - by Avram Alpert (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 452

Genre: Philosophy

Sub-Genre: Mind & Body

Format: Paperback

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Age Range: Adult

Author: Avram Alpert

Language: English

TCIN: 79453458
UPC: 9781438473840
Item Number (DPCI): 247-36-7635


"Alpert's scholarship is impressive, offering a focused sweep of intellectual history and incisive readings of many important figures (and the scholarly literature devoted to them). He is a fantastic writer. His prose is direct and evocative, conveying complex ideas in clear and probing terms. This style transforms a long text into a relatively quick and, at times, gripping read." -- Jane Anna Gordon, author of Creolizing Political Theory: Reading Rousseau through Fanon

"Through textual and historical analyses and great interpretive abilities, Alpert shows persuasively that Montaigne, Rousseau, Emerson, Suzuki, and others--separately and together--are thinkers not of a Western (monopolizing the sense of modern) tradition, but of global, pluralist thought. His way of reading these thinkers can be a model for others interested in decolonizing and deracializing modern thought while preserving much of the canon with its present membership; with its male, Western-European and Anglo-American membership. But Alpert has done more. Through his arguments he has made room for Du Bois, Fanon, and Suzuki to be included in the canon. This is intellectually progressive and politically significant, and will make a fresh reading experience for many readers." -- Peter K. J. Park, author of Africa, Asia, and the History of Philosophy: Racism in the Formation of the Philosophical Canon, 1780-1830

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