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  • Magisterial, timeless, beautifully written ... Siedentop has achieved something quite extraordinary. He has explained us to ourselves

  • One of the most stimulating books of political theory to have appeared in many years ... a refreshingly unorthodox account of the roots of modern liberalism in medieval Christian thinking

    John Gray, Literary Review
  • A brave, brilliant and beautifully written defence of the western tradition

    Paul Lay, History Today
  • Thoroughly interesting and fundamentally convincing ... admirably nuanced ... formidable ... Inventing the Individual is written with effortless lucidity

    Jeffrey Collins, TLS
  • An engrossing book of ideas ... illuminating, beautifully written and rigorously argued

    Kenan Malik, Independent
  • A most impressive work of philosophical history

    Robert Skidelsky

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