Drift and Mastery; An Attempt to Diagnose the Current Unrest / Edition 1

Drift and Mastery; An Attempt to Diagnose the Current Unrest / Edition 1

by Walter Lippmann
     
 

ISBN-10: 0299106047

ISBN-13: 9780299106041

Pub. Date: 01/28/1986

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

Drift and Mastery, originally published in 1914, is one of the most important and influential documents of the Progressive Movement, a valuable text for understanding the political thought of early twentieth-century America. This paperback edition of Walter Lippmann's classic work includes a revised introduction by William E. Leuchtenburg that places the

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Drift and Mastery, originally published in 1914, is one of the most important and influential documents of the Progressive Movement, a valuable text for understanding the political thought of early twentieth-century America. This paperback edition of Walter Lippmann's classic work includes a revised introduction by William E. Leuchtenburg that places the book in its historical and political contexts.
    In his first book, A Preface to Politics, Lippmann was sharply critical of traditionalism in favor of creativity—so much so that he was accused of anti-intellectualism. In Drift and Mastery, he corrected this imbalance, exploring the tensions between expansion and consolidation, traditionalism an progressivism, emotion and rationality. He wrote to convince readers that they could balance these tensions: they could be organized, efficient, and functional without sacrificing impulse, choice, fantasy, or liberty. Mastery is attainable, Lippmann argued, but scientific endeavor is driven by human curiosity and creativity—an argument in favor of science as both a method as both a method for discovering the truth and a means of wish fulfillment through diligent attention to facts.
    Drift and Mastery is both a telling product of its times and a lucid exploration of timeless themes in American government and politics. It will continue to serve new generations of scholars and students in American intellectual history, mass communications, and political science.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299106041
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
01/28/1986
Edition description:
1
Pages:
177
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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