In 1973, Wilson Carey McWilliams (1933a2005) published The Idea of Fraternity in America, a groundbreaking book that argued for an alternative to Americaas dominant philosophy of liberalism. This alternative tradition emphasized that community and fraternal bonds were as vital to the process of maintaining political liberty as was individual liberty. McWilliams expanded on this idea throughout his prolific career as a teacher, writer, and activist, promoting a unique definition of American democracy. In The Democratic Soul: A Wilson Carey McWilliams Reader, editors Patrick J. Deneen and Susan J. McWilliams, daughter of the famed intellectual, have assembled key essays, articles, reviews, and lectures that trace McWilliamsas evolution as a scholar and explain his often controversial views on education, religion, and literature. The book also showcases his thoughts and opinions on prominent twentieth-century figures such as George Orwell and Leo Strauss. The first comprehensive volume of Wilson Carey McWilliamsa collected writings, The Democratic Soul will be welcomed by scholars of political science and American political thought as a long-overdue contribution to the field.... ambition, I think, to encourage the recognition that the first step in public policy is determining what is good, not what is likely. ... It would also prompt serious efforts to shore up the family whichaposturing asideawill cost money and require government. ... 1. Benjamin Barber, An Aristocracy of Everyone (New York: Ballantine, 1992). 2. Here, and throughout this essay, ... Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1982), 1.
|Title||:||The Democratic Soul|
|Author||:||Wilson Carey McWilliams|
|Publisher||:||University Press of Kentucky - 2011-06-30|