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The World and Us


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A radical re-envisioning of the human condition

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Roberto Mangabeira Unger is one of the leading philosophers and social thinkers in the world today. He is active in Brazilian public life and has served twice as Brazil's Minister of Strategic Affairs, charged with developing initiatives that signal a direction for his country. A polymath, he has written widely in legal, political, economic, and moral theory as well as in natural philosophy. Among his major writings are Passion: An Essay on Personality, a modernist view of human nature; False Necessity, a radical alternative to Marxist social theory; and, most recently, The Knowledge Economy, a study of the unrealized potential of the new vanguard of production. The World and Us is the capstone of his lifework.


A restless visionary striving to realize the highest aspirations of modernity itself
*New York Times*

One of the few living philosophers whose thinking has the range of the great philosophers of the past.
*Times Higher Education*

Unger stakes out new discursive space that is neither simply left nor liberal, Marxist nor Lockean, anarchist nor Kantian . . . an emancipatory experimentalism toward ever-increasing democracy and individual freedom
*Cornel West*

Here something new has occurred: a philosophical mind out of the Third World turning the tables, to become synoptist and seer of the First.
*Perry Anderson*

What makes Unger different is his orientation toward the future rather than the past-his hopefulness.
*Richard Rorty*

Unger insists on the need to refocus on what really matters, the human spirit.
*Financial Times*

Brazil's answer to John Stuart Mill. A political philosopher extraordinaire.
*Chronicle of Higher Education*

Through a 49-year career spanning politics, law, social and political theory and philosophy, Unger has put forward a collection of searching inquiries meant to pierce the liberal mythos of necessary progress. Across dozens of books, including the recently published metaphysical tome The World and Us, the Brazilian philosopher has tried to think beyond 20th-century categories through a series of questions.

The World and Us ruminates deeply while maintaining a readability often lacking in specialized, academic philosophy. Unger has written a book for the rest of us, after all. If he seeks our understanding, it's only so we might enjoy a better life ahead.
*The Washington Independent Review of Books*

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