Nobility of Spirit: A Forgotten Ideal

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Yale University Press
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5.06 X 7.8 X 0.45 inches | 0.41 pounds
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About the Author

Rob Riemen, an essayist and cultural philosopher, is founder of the Nexus Institute, an international center devoted to intellectual reflection and to inspiring Western cultural and philosophical debate. He lives in the Netherlands.


"Rob Riemen has written a rare and much needed book, one which we appreciate not because we necessarily agree with its views, but for its commitment to ideas and its passion for imagination. It is a timely reminder of how imaginative knowledge can become a way of questioning, connecting to and changing the world as well as ourselves."--Azar Nafisi

--Azar Nafisi

"The author's vast cultural knowledge, his firm commitment to liberal ideals and the agility of his pen make these essays an invaluable guide to orient us amid the great political and cultural problems--and the ideological confusions--of the world in which we live."--Mario Vargas Llosa

--Mario Vargas Llosa

"Rob Riemen's essays spring from a deep and firm conviction--they are like water from artesian wells and this is, I think, the main reason why they are so important and refreshing."--Adam Zagajewski

--Adam Zagajewski

"Written with such elegance, erudition and skill, a singular reflection of fundamental problems, virtues and vices, of our time."--Ivan Klima

--Ivan Klima
"Mr. Riemen's Nobility of Spirit is intended as a meditation on the forces that threaten civilization and, no less important, on the forces that are desperately needed to sustain it."--Darrin M. McMahon, Wall Street Journal--Darrin M. McMahon "Wall Street Journal" (6/10/2008 12:00:00 AM)
"Agree or disagree with Riemen's profound, ambitious and high-minded plea, you will be thinking about his words for a long time. It's been ages since a work of non-fiction moved us this way. Read it."--The Elegant Variation (Blog)-- "The Elegant Variation (Blog)" (10/22/2008 12:00:00 AM)
"Riemen's study is beautifully crafted and luminously intelligent."--Richard Wolin, Dissent--Richard Wolin "Dissent" (9/1/2008 12:00:00 AM)

"With beautiful clarity, Rob Riemen renders complex ideas simple and accessible to every earnest reader. His work is the embodiment of civilization: what it has sometimes briefly been, and what it can be again."--Cynthia Ozick

--Cynthia Ozick