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17 March 1988
Politics: A Work of Constructive Social Theory 
by Roberto MangabeiraUnger.
Cambridge, 256 pp., £25, January 1988, 0 521 32974 4
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The Critical Legal Studies Movement 
by Roberto MangabeiraUnger.
Harvard, 128 pp., £15.25, October 1986, 0 674 17735 5
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W.A. Mozart: ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ 
by Tim Carter.
Cambridge, 180 pp., £27.50, February 1988, 0 521 30267 6
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... it for the most part to retain its shape over lengthy periods of time. To understand the work of Roberto Unger – to see clearly both its flimsy arbitrariness and the patterns of force which enable it for the most part to retain a shape that is genuinely its own – it would be charitable to begin with the insinuating melodies, the subtlety and the ...

The Enabling Boundary

Tom Nairn: We’re All Petit Bourgeois Now

18 October 2007
What Should the Left Propose? 
by Roberto MangabeiraUnger.
Verso, 179 pp., £15, January 2006, 1 84467 048 1
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The Self Awakened: Pragmatism Unbound 
by Roberto MangabeiraUnger.
Harvard, 277 pp., £19.95, February 2007, 978 0 674 02354 3
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Une brève histoire de l’avenir 
by Jacques Attali.
Fayard, 432 pp., €20, October 2006, 2 213 63130 1
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... the point in painfully; as has the elevation of Gordon Brown on this side of the Channel. Neither Roberto Unger nor Jacques Attali undervalues the achievements of social democracy, or indeed of state socialism. But both suggest that in either case any reprise or development now depends on finding a different framework of ideas, one different not merely ...
4 July 1985
Passion: An Essay on Personality 
by Roberto MangabeiraUnger.
Collier Macmillan, 300 pp., £13.95, September 1984, 9780029331200
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The Needs of Strangers 
by Michael Ignatieff.
Chatto, 156 pp., £9.95, October 1984, 0 7011 2866 6
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... known, even into relationships of the most familial and intimate kind politics can reach very far. Roberto Unger’s remarkable new book, while avowedly an account of personality, of the role and inter-relationship of the passions in what he identifies as ‘the modernist image of man’, is inescapably about politics. Of psychiatry, for example, he ...

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