The American Intellectual Tradition: 1865 to the Present / Edition 5

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Revised and updated, the fifth edition of this now standard two-volume anthology brings together some of the most historically significant writings in American intellectual history. Uniquely comprehensive, The American Intellectual Tradition includes classic works in philosophy, religion, social theory, political thought, economics, psychology, and cultural and literary criticism. Organized chronologically into thematic sections, the two volumes trace the evolution of intellectual writing and thinking from its origins in Puritan beliefs to the most recent essays on diversity and postmodernity. Pedagogical features include introductions and headnotes to the selections, updated bibliographic material throughout, and detailed chronologies at the end of each book. Addressing such highly contested subjects as race, class, gender, aesthetics, political religion, and the role of the United States in the world, The American Intellectual Tradition, Fifth Edition, is invaluable for undergraduate courses in intellectual history. It is also an excellent supplement for graduate seminars and classes in American history, American studies, and American literature.
Volumes I and II now offer new selections from Roger Williams, John Humphrey Noyes, Asa Gray, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Charles Augustus Briggs, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Walter Lippmann, Thurman Arnold, Henry Luce, Henry A. Wallace, Albert Einstein, Aldo Leopold, James Baldwin, George Kennan, Milton Friedman, Herbert Marcuse, Edward Said, Gloria Anzaldua, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Joan W. Scott, Samuel Huntington, and Carl Sagan.
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"This is a wonderfully rich collection of primary source readings, intelligently selected and usefully organized. This updated edition is indispensable for undergraduate courses in American intellectual or cultural history, a stimulating supplement to any undergraduate course about the United States, and required reading for graduate students."--Dorothy Ross, Johns Hopkins University

"This sourcebook continues to serve as the cornerstone of my teaching in American thought for undergraduates and graduate students alike. The American Intellectual Tradition provides a comprehensive survey ranging from the Puritan theology to postmodern critical theory. The fourth edition includes updated versions of Hollinger and Capper's superb critical commentaries and comprehensive bibliographies, essays as valuable for specialists trying to keep track of new work in cultural history as for students seeking guidance as they embark on the historical study of ideas."--James T. Kloppenberg, Harvard University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195183405
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/29/2005
  • Series: American Intellectual Tradition Ser.
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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University of California, Berkeley

Boston University

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Table of Contents

Selection from Systematic Theology (1872) 6
"The Fixation of Belief" (1877) 14
"Pernicious Fiction" (1887) 26
"Sociology" (1881) 30
"Mind as a Social Factor" (1884) 40
"The Solitude of Self" (1892) 49
Selection from Women and Economics (1898) 55
"The Problem of Job" (1898) 62
"The Will to Believe" (1897) 75
"The Dynamo and the Virgin" (1907) 89
"The Genteel Tradition in American Philosophy" (1913) 94
"What Pragmatism Means" (1907) 113
"Natural Law" (1918) 124
Selection from The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899) 128
"Of the Sons of Master and Man" (1903) 144
"The Subjective Necessity of Social Settlements" (1892) 156
Philosophy and Democracy (1918) 162
"Trans-National America" (1916) 171
"Twilight of Idols" (1917) 181
"The National Letters" (1920) 190
Selection from Coming of Age in Samoa (1928) 198
"Reconstructed but Unregenerate" (1930) 206
Selection from The Battle for Democracy (1933) 219
"I Was Marching" (1934) 225
Selection from An American Dilemma (1944) 236
"Avant-Garde and Kitsch" (1939) 245
Selection from The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness (1944) 256
Selection from Killers of the Dream (1949) 264
Selection from Witness (1952) 271
Selection from Beyond Freedom and Dignity (1971) 285
"The End of Ideology in the West" (1960) 294
Selection from The Sociological Imagination (1959) 301
Selection from We Hold These Truths (1960) 309
"On the Teaching of Modern Literature" (1961) 317
Selection from "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" (1963) 332
Selection from The Feminine Mystique (1963) 341
Selection from The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962) 352
"Against Interpretation" (1964) 361
Selection from "The Ballot or the Bullet" (1964) 369
Selection from "Lying in Politics" (1971) 377
Selection from "The Democratic Distemper" (1975) 384
"Science as Solidarity" (1986) 390
"Gender and Science: 1990" (1990) 402
Selection from Gender Trouble (1990) 419
Selection from In My Father's House (1992) 427
"What Does it Mean to be an 'American'?" (1990) 438
Chronologies 451
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