Philosophy and Dissidence in Cold War Europe
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- Format: Hardcover
- Copyright: 02/17/2016
- Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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The concepts explored in these dissidents' writings include ideas of 'living in truth,' 'speaking one's mind,' creating civil society, and challenging unjust power with 'anti-political politics' and a 'parallel polis.' These exercises allowed dissidents to survive totalitarianism, recreate their intellectual universe, and re-humanize themselves amidst dehumanizing situations. Brinton examines the ways through which Cold War dissidents 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 changing one's way of thinking.
Our conversations about the relationship between philosophy, politics, and dissidence, asserts Brinton, can be deepened by examining this legacy.