Freedom: Freedom in the Making of Western Culture

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BasicBooks, 1991 - History - 487 pages
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Argues that the concept of personal freedom developed as it did only in the Western world because of the role of women, along with slaves and foreigners, as outsiders, but that the Christian concept of spiritual freedom led to the justification of socialhierarchies

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Freedom in the making of western culture

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Patterson, a Harvard sociologist, argues that the idea of freedom is the supreme value in the Western world and increasingly so in the rest of the world. This book, the first of a projected two-volume ... Read full review

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In The Classical World: An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian, Robin Lane Fox takes issue with Patterson. Read full review


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About the author (1991)

Patterson is John Cowles Professor at Harvard University. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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