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Philosophy and Dissidence in Cold War Europe

Authors: Brinton, Aspen E.

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About this book

Central European dissidents gained global fame by serving as key protagonists in the collapse of communism in 1989. As writers, philosophers, and artists, they should be remembered for their ideas as much as for their political actions. This book takes the variegated and collected dissident oeuvre and reads their texts as expressions of their existential search for inter-subjective understanding and mutual recognition, showing how their ideas contribute to current conversations in political philosophy about thinking and action.

Brinton examines the ways Cold War dissidents in Central and Eastern Europe turned to the past for inspiration in order to change and transcend their present entrapment, contributing to a more general narrative about how to change one's way of acting by altering one's way of thinking. Ideas such as 'living in truth,' the 'parallel polis,' creating 'civil society,' and 'anti-political politics' allowed dissidents to survive totalitarianism, recreate their intellectual universe, and re-humanize themselves amidst dehumanizing political situations.

Our conversations about the relationship between philosophy, politics, and dissidence can be deepened by examining this legacy.

About the authors

Aspen Brinton teaches courses on dissent, social responsibility, and international ethics in the Philosophy Department and International Studies Program at Boston College, USA. She has taught previously at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, Northwestern University in Qatar and Georgetown University, USA. She holds a PhD in Political Theory from Georgetown University.

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'Brinton is an elegant writer with a talent for making lively connections between people, ideas, and events. Her book examines the roots of dissident thought in Central Europe and the continuing relevance of dissident ideas not only for historians but also for political philosophy generally and, more practically, for those engaged in struggles against tyranny.' - James F. Pontuso, Hampden-Sydney College, USA


'Brinton is an elegant writer with a talent for making lively connections between people, ideas, and events. Her book examines the roots of dissident thought in Central Europe and the continuing relevance of dissident ideas not only for historians but also for political philosophy generally and, more practically, for those engaged in struggles against tyranny.' - James F. Pontuso, Hampden-Sydney College, USA

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Philosophy and Dissidence in Cold War Europe
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-57603-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-57603-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-57602-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95411-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 267
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