American Conservatism: Thinking It, Teaching It

American Conservatism: Thinking It, Teaching It

by Paul Lyons
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0826516254

ISBN-13: 9780826516251

Pub. Date: 04/13/2009

Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press


This book offers a rare opportunity to read about how a scholar's teaching informs his research, in this case an examination of the nature of American conservatism. It is based on an interdisciplinary senior seminar Lyons taught in Spring 2006. His teaching log, including student comments from an electronic conferencing system, gives a vivid sense of the daily

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This book offers a rare opportunity to read about how a scholar's teaching informs his research, in this case an examination of the nature of American conservatism. It is based on an interdisciplinary senior seminar Lyons taught in Spring 2006. His teaching log, including student comments from an electronic conferencing system, gives a vivid sense of the daily frustrations and triumphs. Lyons reflects on some of the most difficult issues in higher education today, such as how to handle racism and political passions in the classroom, as well as how a teacher presents his own political convictions.

Lyons begins with the premise that most universities have been negligent in helping undergraduates understand a movement that has shaped the political landscape for half a century. In addition, in a series of essays that frame the teaching log, he makes the case that conservatives have too often failed to adhere to basic, Burkean principles, and that the best of conservatism has often appeared as a form of liberalism from thinkers such as Hannah Arendt, Reinhold Niebuhr, and George Kennan. The essays also cover the history of conservatism, conservative use of the city-on-a-hill metaphor, and an examination of how the promise of Camelot sophistication was subverted by a resurgence of right-wing populism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826516251
Publisher:
Vanderbilt University Press
Publication date:
04/13/2009
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: What Is American Conservatism? 1

Part I Teaching Conservatism

1 Teaching Log: Starting Out 19

2 Teaching Log: The Stretch Drive 64

Course Syllabus 108

American Conservatism Defined 116

Part II Thinking Conservatism

3 From Camelot to Cowboy 121

4 Cities on a Hill 132

5 Is There an American Conservatism? 147

Postscript

As We Approach the Future 173

Notes 179

Bibliography 187

Index 197

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