Thoughts One Can't Do Without

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This is the perfect book for dark and estranged times, illuminating the ethical possibilities of community.

One of the leading thinkers around today, Akeel Bilgrami addresses the ingrained idea that humans cannot be trusted to act for communal benefit, rather than individual gain. Bilgrami offers an intelligent alternative to this pessimistic way of thinking, so useful as it is to institutions of power and capital, and offers a new way to live more generously, without feelings of alienation.

A roving and searingly intelligent essay, published as an affordable limited edition book. Essential reading for anyone curious about the morality of politics and society.


“Thoughtful and thought-provoking, carefully and persuasively argued,this impressive inquiry leads us step by step to recognize how essential it is to attain a unified unalienated mentality if we are to have any hope of overcoming crises so severe that we can barely find words to capture their immensity.” 

- Noam Chomsky, author of Manufacturing Consent.

“It is a very important work which really needs to be published now, if we are to combat some of the ills of contemporary democracy.”
- Charles Taylor, author of Sources of the Self: The Making of Modern Identity.

About the Author:
Akeel Bilgrami is the Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. His books include Belief and Meaning (1992), Self-Knowledge and Resentment (2006) and Secularism, Identity, and Enchantment (2014). He has been Chair of Columbia University’s Philosophy Department and was for many years the Director of the Heyman Center for the Humanities.

Published by Juxta Press. 59 pages, 20 × 15 cm, Softcover, 2022.