The Liberal Imagination (New York Review Books Classics)

The Liberal Imagination (New York Review Books Classics)

Lionel Trilling


The Liberal Imagination is among the such a lot well-known and influential works of feedback of the final century, a piece that's not just a masterpiece of literary feedback yet an incredible assertion approximately politics and society. released in 1950, one of many colder moments of the chilly conflict, Trilling’s essays study the promise —and limits—of liberalism, difficult the complacency of a naïve liberal trust in rationality, development, and the panaceas of economics and different social sciences, and saying of their stead the irreducible complexity of human motivation and the tragic inevitability of tragedy. in simple terms the mind's eye, Trilling argues, can provide us entry and perception into those nation-states and basically the mind's eye can flooring a reflective and regarded, instead of programmatic and dogmatic, liberalism.

Writing with acute intelligence approximately classics like Huckleberry Finn and the novels of Henry James and F. Scott Fitzgerald, but in addition on such diversified issues because the Kinsey file and cash within the American mind's eye, Trilling offers a version of the critic as either a part of and except his society, a defender of the reflective lifestyles that, in our ever extra rationalized global, turns out ever extra necessary—and ever extra distant.

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