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Publication Date: 19 Sep 2019
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 352
Author: Stephen Green
ISBN-13: 9780281081134, 9780281081158

The Mandate of Heaven

East, West and the Human spirit
By Stephen Green
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This bold and wide-ranging investigation into our concept of the self considers the role of the individual in the great world religions, and the portrayal of human self-awareness in some of the greatest works of world literature – from a Tang Dynasty poet in eighth-century China to works by Hafez (Iran) Tagore (India) and Chekhov (Russia).

Stephen Green then considers the distinctive contribution of Christianity to our growing understanding of the self – beginning with St Paul, and tracing a thread through thinkers such as Augustine, Luther, Locke, Kant and the Romantics, as well as thinkers influenced by the Christian tradition, such as Nietzsche, Freud and Heidegger.

He concludes by exploring the implications for our ethics and politics, arguing that despite the doubts and challenges facing the liberal democratic consensus in recent years, that consensus remains firmly based on a realistic and increasingly nuanced understanding of the self and how it behaves within different historical, social and cultural contexts.
About the Author
Stephen Green served as group chairman of HSBC from 2005 to 2011 and was minister of state for trade and investment in the British government, retiring in 2013. He now chairs the Natural History Museum, is an ordained priest in the Church of England and sits as a Conservative peer in the House of Lords. His previous books include Good Value: Reflections on Money, morality and an uncertain world (Penguin, 2010), European Identity: Historical and cultural realities we cannot deny (University of Chicago Press, 2017) and Reluctant Meister: Germany and the New Europe and The European Identity (Haus Publishing, 2015), which was included in The Globalist’s Top Books of 2015.

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