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Inventing the Individual

The Origins of Western Liberalism

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$22.00 • £17.95 • €20.00

ISBN 9780674979888

Publication Date: 10/23/2017


448 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Belknap Press

United States and its dependencies only

  • Prologue: What is the West About?
  • The World of Antiquity
    • 1. The Ancient Family
    • 2. The Ancient City
    • 3. The Ancient Cosmos
  • A Moral Revolution
    • 4. The World Turned Upside Down: Paul
    • 5. The Truth Within: Moral Equality
    • 6. Heroism Redefined
    • 7. A New Form of Association: Monasticism
    • 8. The Weakness of the Will: Augustine
  • Towards the Idea of Fundamental Law
    • 9. Shaping New Attitudes and Habits
    • 10. Distinguishing Spiritual from Temporal Power
    • 11. Barbarian Codes, Roman Law and Christian Intuitions
    • 12. The Carolingian Compromise
  • Europe Acquires its Identity
    • 13. Why Feudalism did not Recreate Ancient Slavery
    • 14. Fostering the ‘Peace of God’
    • 15. The Papal Revolution: A Constitution for Europe?
    • 16. Natural Law and Natural Rights
  • A New Model of Government
    • 17. Centralization and the New Sense of Justice
    • 18. The Democratizing of Reason
    • 19. Steps towards the Creation of Nation-States
    • 20. Urban Insurrections
  • The Birth Pangs of Modern Liberty
    • 21. Popular Aspirations and the Friars
    • 22. The Defence of Egalitarian Moral Intuitions
    • 23. God’s Freedom and Human Freedom Joined: Ockham
    • 24. Struggling for Representative Government in the Church
    • 25. Dispensing with the Renaissance
  • Epilogue: Christianity and Secularism
  • Select Bibliography and Endnotes
  • Index

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