European history of the past century is full of examples of philosophers, writers, and jurists who, whether they lived in democratic, communist, or fascist societies, supported and defended totalitarian principles and horrific regimes. But how can intellectuals, who should be alert to the evils of tyranny, betray the ideals of freedom and independent inquiry? How can they take positions that, implicitly or not, endorse oppression and human suffering on a vast scale?
In profiles of Martin Heidegger, Carl Schmitt, Walter Benjamin, Alexandre Kojeve, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Derrida, Mark Lilla demonstrates how these thinkers were so deluded by the ideologies and convulsions of their times that they closed their eyes to authoritarianism, brutality, and state terror. He shows how intellectuals who fail to master their passions can be driven into a political sphere they scarcely understand, with momentous results for our intellectual and political lives.
"Mark Lilla is right now America's most brilliant commentator on the European intellectuals--lucid and deep at the same time, which is no small feat." --Paul Berman
"Mark Lilla has written a sober and subtle book on political thinkers and analyzers of the human condition who have become cultural heroes of our time. In many cases he presents their ideas better than they themselves present them. Lilla reads his protagonists with empathy but not with sympathy; he gives them a fair hearing but finds all of them wanting. In varying degrees they are all committing a first-degree offense, namely, being careless about the consequences of their thoughts. Hence the apt title _The Reckless Mind_."--Avishai MargalitAbout the Author :
Mark Lilla is Professor at the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. He is the author of G. B. Vico: The Making of an Anti-Modern (1993) and the editor of New French Thought: Political Philosophy (1994).
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