Friends and Citizens: Essays in Honor of Wilson Carey McWilliams

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The prominent contributors in Friends and Citizens examine the relationship between friendship and politics in American thought and contend that democratic politics is incomplete without citizen friendship, and, similarly, friends need political life to provide a framework for virtue. This volume honors Wilson Carey McWilliams, a leading teacher and scholar of our time. Fourteen essays, by teachers, colleagues and students, pay tribute to him as friend and citizen, and seek to share their understanding of ...

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Overview

The prominent contributors in Friends and Citizens examine the relationship between friendship and politics in American thought and contend that democratic politics is incomplete without citizen friendship, and, similarly, friends need political life to provide a framework for virtue. This volume honors Wilson Carey McWilliams, a leading teacher and scholar of our time. Fourteen essays, by teachers, colleagues and students, pay tribute to him as friend and citizen, and seek to share their understanding of McWilliams's thinking through their own analyses of American political life. Friends and Citizens is rich in the humor, insights, heritage, despair and hope that characterize the work of Carey McWilliams and his unique vision of America's political promise. This is an important book for anyone interested in modern politics.

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Editorial Reviews

Henry Plotkin
For those of us who know Carey McWilliams, these artfully written essays are a richly deserved tribute to one of our nation's most important voices. As exceptionalism defines America, so too does Carey McWilliams define the exceptional teacher and political theorist. His breadth of understanding about American public life is exceeded only by the degree to which he has inspired generations of students to a larger understanding of their native land. Friendship and citizenship stand at the center of Carey's teaching and writing and those themes are wonderfully echoed in the essays in this extraordinary book.
Bruce L. Miroff
Friends and Citizens amplifies the distinctive themes that have marked Carey McWilliams's career. United by their admiration for Carey, political theorists of widely varying approaches and persuasions supply rich fare for examining friendship and citizenship from the Bible and the Greeks to major and lesser known figures in the American political tradition. In McWilliams's spirit, these are essays that pursue the deepest and most mysterious realms of democratic experience.
Michael Lienesch
For four decades, Wilson Carey McWilliams has been informing and challenging colleagues and students with his insightful and provocative studies of American political thought. This fine collection of essays, tracing themes of friendship and citizenship from classical to contemporary times, and through a broad cross-section of American thinkers, is a testimony to his inspiring influence, and a reminder of the richness of American political theory.
Claremont Review
The essays are almost uniformly of high quality, readable, interesting.
American Political Science Review
Friends and Citizens is a model festschrift. Particularly recommended are the cluster of essays on friendships and politics. Though it cannot be said successfully to bring order to the "dazzling eccentricities" of Wilson Carey McWiliams' teachings, it does illustrate their capacity to stimulate.
Booknews
Teachers, colleagues, and students of McWilliams (political science, Rutgers U.) contribute 14 essays reflecting his interest in American political life. They explore such topics as the problem of human pride, friendship and fraternity, and citizenship as a path to virtue. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847697465
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Edition number: 304
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy L. Schwartz is professor of government at Wesleyan University. Peter Dennis Bathory is professor of political science at Rutgers University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction: What Wilson Carey McWilliams Saw in America Part 3 First Things: The Problem of Human Pride Chapter 4 Political Philosophy's Response to the Challenge of Creation Part 5 Friendship and Fraternity: Overcoming Pride Chapter 6 Friendship and Politics: Ancient and American Chapter 7 Politics and Friendship in the Adams-Jefferson Correspondence Chapter 8 Politics and Friendship: Martin Van Buren and Andrew Jackson Chapter 9 Seeing Differently and Seeing Further: Rousseau and Tocqueville Chapter 10 "Damn Your Eyes!" Thoreau on (Male) Friendship in America Chapter 11 Jane Addams and Democratic Citizenship Part 12 Citizens: Aristocratic and Democratic Chapter 13 The Natural History of Citizenship Chapter 14 Political Parties, the Constitution, and Popular Sovereignty Chapter 15 Lincoln and the Politics of Re-founding Chapter 16 The Ordinary Hero and American Democracy Chapter 17 Wilson Carey McWilliams and Communitarianism Chapter 18 From Community Theory to Democratic Practice Part 19 Conclusion: Virtue and Democracy Chapter 20 Majority Tyranny in Aristotle and Tocqueville

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