The Spirit of Cities: Why the Identity of a City Matters in a Global Age

The Spirit of Cities: Why the Identity of a City Matters in a Global Age


Cities form the lives and outlooks of billions of individuals, but they've been overshadowed in modern political concept by way of geographical regions, identification teams, and ideas like justice and freedom. The Spirit of Cities revives the classical concept that a urban expresses its personal exact ethos or values. within the old global, Athens used to be synonymous with democracy and Sparta represented army self-discipline. during this unique and interesting ebook, Daniel Bell and Avner de-Shalit discover how this classical suggestion should be utilized to trendy towns, they usually clarify why philosophy and the social sciences have to rediscover the spirit of cities.

Bell and de-Shalit examine 9 sleek towns and the existing ethos that distinguishes every one. The towns are Jerusalem (religion), Montreal (language), Singapore (nation building), Hong Kong (materialism), Beijing (political power), Oxford (learning), Berlin (tolerance and intolerance), Paris (romance), and manhattan (ambition). Bell and de-Shalit draw upon the richly different histories of every urban, in addition to novels, poems, biographies, vacationer publications, architectural landmarks, and the authors' personal own reflections and insights. They express how the ethos of every urban is expressed in political, cultural, and financial lifestyles, and in addition how delight in a city's ethos can oppose the homogenizing trends of globalization and lessen the excesses of nationalism.

The Spirit of Cities is unreservedly impressionistic. Combining walking and storytelling with state-of-the-art thought, the ebook encourages debate and opens up new avenues of inquiry in philosophy and the social sciences. it's a must-read for enthusiasts of towns in every single place. In a brand new preface, Bell and de-Shalit extra improve their concept of "civicism," the satisfaction urban dwellers think for his or her urban and its ethos over that of others.

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