Chronicles Magazine Book Review

Jesting With Pilate

Americans pretend to be shocked whenever one of their national celebrities gets caught out in a lie. Is it really so surprising that Michael Jordan should attempt to conceal his gambling or that Bill Clinton should hide his cochonnerie?

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    Inescapable Horizons

    Weighing in at more than 500 dense and provocative pages, Charles Taylor's Sources of the Self (Harvard, 1989) was clearly not intended for the general reader; at just over 100 pages. The Ethics of Authenticity is much more accessible.

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    The Fascist Moment

    In an essay on Nietzsche written in 1947, Thomas Mann spoke of "the fascist epoch of the West" in which "we are living and, despite the military victory over fascism, shall continue to live for a long time."

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    Sixteen Hundred Years

    When a civilization nearly two millennia in the building comes to an end, common decency requires that the world take note of its passing. For if ordinary people, born only to die in much less than a century, deserve a proper burial, what...

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