NOBILITY OF SPIRIT
A Forgotten Ideal

ROB RIEMAN
160pp 2009 LIST PRICE: £9.99 (P) P724

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In a series of three essays, the author identifies nobility of spirit in the life and work of Spinoza and of Thomas Mann; explores the quest for the good society in our own times; and addresses the pursuit of truth and freedom that engaged figures as disparate as Socrates and Leone Ginzburg, a Jewish-Italian intellectual murdered by Nazis. ‘The forces now aligned against humanistic values are manifold’, observes George Steiner in the preface to the book. Rieman addresses these forces and speaks to every reader who believes in the power of classical ideas to restore Western civilisation’s highest values.