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Nisbet, Robert A.

Overview
Works: 148 works in 494 publications in 5 languages and 11,531 library holdings
Genres: History  Dictionaries  Conference proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Composer, Author of introduction
Classifications: HN18, 301
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Robert A Nisbet
The quest for community; a study in the ethics of order and freedom by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

49 editions published between 1953 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the leading thinkers to emerge in the postwar conservative intellectual revival was the sociologist Robert Nisbet. His book The Quest for Community , published in 1953, stands as one of the most persuasive accounts of the dilemmas confronting modern society. Nearly a half century before Robert Putnam documented the atomization of society in Bowling Alone , Nisbet argued that the rise of the powerful modern state had eroded the sources of community—the family, the neighborhood, the church, the guild. Alienation and loneliness inevitably resulted. But as the traditional ties that bind fell away, the human impulse toward community led people to turn even more to the government itself, allowing statism—even totalitarianism—to flourish. ISI Books is proud to present this new edition of Nisbet’s magnum opus, featuring a brilliant introduction by New York Times columnist Ross Douthat and three critical essays. Published at a time when our communal life has only grown weaker and when many Americans display cultish enthusiasm for a charismatic president, this new edition of The Quest for Community shows that Nisbet’s insights are as relevant today as ever
Twilight of authority by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

21 editions published between 1975 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The social philosophers: community and conflict in Western thought by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

31 editions published between 1973 and 1993 in English and held by 1,216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This essay in social and intellectual history advances the thesis that Western social philosophy arose during the disintegration of the ancient Greek and Roman communities and has been preoccupied ever since with the problem of community lost and community to be gained. As the author shows, Western ideas of moral authority, freedom, consensus, and personality take on their distinctive character as aspects of Western man's search tor community. Six major types of community in Western life and thought are distinguished by Professor Nisbet: military, political, religious, revolutionary, ecological, and plural. Each of these is presented as a continuing current in Western history and as a vital context to the central ideas of social philosophy. From Plato and Aristotle down to such moderns as Marx, Tocqueville, Weber, Kropotkin, and Fanon we see the dominant ideas and perspectives of Western thought as responses to conflicts and crises--above all, to those affecting man's perennial quest for community.--From publisher description
The present age : progress and anarchy in modern America by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

17 editions published between 1988 and 2003 in English and held by 1,135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conservatism : dream and reality by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

27 editions published between 1986 and 2008 in English and Czech and held by 1,037 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essential concerns of conservatism are the same as those that motivated Nisbet's first and most influential book, The Quest for Community. In fact. Conservatism unites virtually all of Nisbet's work. In it, Nisbet deals with the political causes of the manifold forms of alienation that underwrite the human quest for community. The sovereign political state is more than a legal relationship of a superstructure of power, it is inseparable from its successive penetrations of man's economic, religious, kinship and local allegiances, and its revolutionary dislocations of established centers of power
The degradation of the academic dogma: the university in America, 1945-1970 by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

18 editions published between 1971 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,012 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prejudices : a philosophical dictionary by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

9 editions published in 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 945 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A great moralist and social thinker illuminates the most vexing issues of our time--war, old age, racism, abortion, boredom, crime and punishment, sociobiology--in a book which is by turns hilarious and somber but always vigorous and stimulating
Roosevelt and Stalin : the failed courtship by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

9 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 617 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Community and power (formerly The quest for community) by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

22 editions published between 1953 and 1968 in English and held by 488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book was formerly titled "The Quest for Community". This book emphasizes that in modern history there has been a strong trend toward political centralization and away from the pluralism that any free society must have in some degree
The servile state by Hilaire Belloc( Book )

4 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Servile State is a book written by Hilaire Belloc in 1912 about economics. Although it mentions Distributism, for which he and his friend G.K. Chesterton are famous, it avoids explicit advocation for that economic system. This book lays out, in very broad outline, Belloc's version of European economic history: starting with ancient states, where slavery was critical to the economy, through the medieval economies based on serf and peasant labor, to capitalism. Belloc argues that the development of capitalism was not a natural consequence of the Industrial Revolution, but a consequence of the earlier dissolution of the monasteries in England, which then shaped the course of English industrialization
The social impact of the revolution by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

4 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Teachers and scholars : a memoir of Berkeley in depression and war by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

6 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The degradation of the academic dogma by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

4 editions published between 1996 and 2004 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The social group in French thought by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

4 editions published between 1939 and 1980 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sociological tradition by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

29 editions published between 1966 and 1996 in 4 languages and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discussion of the elements of sociology: community, authority, status, the sacred, and alienation
Man and technics by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

3 editions published in 1956 in English and Undetermined and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Metaphor and history : the Western idea of social development by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The primary purpose of Metaphor and History is to explain the sources and contexts of the Western idea of social development. Nisbet explores the concept of social change across the whole range of Western culture, from ancient Greece to the present day. He does not see the idea of social development as a nineteenth century phenomenon or a by-product of the idea of biological evolution. Instead, Nisbet finds the metaphor of organic growth and the analogy of the life cycle - among the oldest in the history of human thought - embedded in the pronouncements of sages, historians, and social scientists from Heraclitus and Aristotle to Comte, Marx, Spengler, Toynbee, Berdyaev, and Sorokin. He relates the classic Greek metaphor of growth, applied to society; the Christian epic, with its substance in the fusion of Hebrew and Greek ideas; and ideas of progress, natural history, evolution, and sociological functionalism. This book may be considered the "biography of a metaphor" of social development, one that has persisted through two and a half millennia of Western European history. A sociologist's view of history, this is a work at once of synthesis and of exploration of the premises and foundations of social evolution and social change."--Book cover
Contemporary social problems by Robert King Merton( Book )

6 editions published between 1963 and 1976 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bao shou zhu yi by Robert A Nisbet( )

3 editions published in 1992 in Chinese and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Social change and history : aspects of the Western theory of development by Robert A Nisbet( Book )

13 editions published between 1969 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Preface: The primary purpose of this book is to set forth the essential sources and contests of the Western idea of social development. The book is in large part historical, in smaller part analytical and critical. In the rather long final chapter I explore some of the difficulties which seem to me to arise in the study of social change when this study is made subject to the fundamental concepts of developmentalism
 
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Alternative Names

controlled identityNisbet, Robert

Nisbet, R. 1913-

Nisbet, R. (Robert), 1913-

Nisbet, Robert.

Nisbet, Robert 1913-1996

Nisbet, Robert A.

Nisbet, Robert A. 1913-

Nisbet, Robert A. (Robert Alexander), 1913-

Nisbet, Robert Alexander.

Nisbet, Robert Alexander 1913-

Nisbet, Robert Alexander 1913-1996

Nisbet, Robert H.

Nisbet, Robert H. 1913-

Nisbet, Robert H. 1913-1996

ニスベット, R

ニスベット, R. A

ニスベット, ロバート・A

Languages
English (278)

Italian (9)

Chinese (3)

Spanish (1)

Czech (1)

Covers
Twilight of authorityThe present age : progress and anarchy in modern AmericaConservatism : dream and realityPrejudices : a philosophical dictionaryThe servile stateThe degradation of the academic dogmaThe sociological traditionMetaphor and history : the Western idea of social development