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Achieving our country : leftist thought in twentieth-century America

Author: Richard Rorty
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1999, ©1998.
Series: William E. Massey, Sr. lectures in the history of American civilization, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Harvard University Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Must the sins of America's past poison its hope for the future? Lately the American Left, withdrawing into the Ivied halls of academe to rue the nation's shame, has answered yes in both word and deed. In this book, a philosopher challenges this lost generation of the Left to understand the role it might play in the great tradition of democratic intellectual labor that started with writers like Walt Whitman and John  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Rorty
ISBN: 9780674003125 0674003128 9780674003118 067400311X
OCLC Number: 44896738
Description: 159 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: American national pride: Whitman and Dewey --
The eclipse of the Reformist Left --
A cultural Left --
Appendixes. Movements and campaigns --
The inspirational value of great works of literature.
Series Title: William E. Massey, Sr. lectures in the history of American civilization, 1997.
Responsibility: Richard Rorty.

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The author argues that the Left wing in America sees the sins of America's past poisoning hope for the future, and challenges the "lost" generation of the Left to understand the role it might play in  Read more...

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Richard Rorty [is] John Dewey's ablest intellectual heir and one of the most influential philosophers alive...In lively prose, [Achieving Our Country] offers a pointed and necessary reminder that Read more...

 
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