New Book Tuesday! Desolation and Enlightenment

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Desolation and Enlightenment

Political Knowledge After Total War, Totalitarianism, and the Holocaust, anniversary edition

Ira Katznelson

In this major intellectual history, Ira Katznelson examines the works of Hannah Arendt, Robert Dahl, Richard Hofstadter, Harold Lasswell, Charles Lindblom, Karl Polanyi, and David Truman, detailing their engagement with the larger project of reclaiming the West’s moral bearing. In light of their epoch’s calamities, these intellectuals insisted that the tradition of Enlightenment thought required a new realism, a good deal of renovation, and much recommitment. 

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