The American Intellectual Tradition: A Sourcebook Volume II: 1865 to the Present / Edition 4

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The fourth edition of this uniquely comprehensive two-volume anthology has been expanded to connect over a thousand important books, essays, and artistic works with events in American and European intellectual, cultural, and political history. After extensive consultation with instructors who assign these volumes to students, the editors have revised this edition to include more discussions of religion, psychology, social theory, gender, ethnicity, and the role of the United States in the world. This new edition makes readily available substantial selections from the writings of prominent thinkers, ranging chronologically from the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630 to the present.
Volume II now offers new selections from Frederick Jackson Turner, Woodrow Wilson, W. E. B. Du Bois, H. L. Mencken, Sidney Hook, David E. Lilienthal, Erik H. Erikson, Hannah Arendt, W. W. Rostow, C. Wright Mills, Noam Chomsky, Ralph Ellison, and Nancy J. Chodorow; and includes writings of Charles Peirce, William Dean Howells, William Graham Sumner, Lester Frank Ward, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Josiah Royce, William James, Henry Adams, George Santayana, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Thorstein Veblen, Jane Addams, John Dewey, Randolph Bourne, Margaret Mead, John Crowe Ransom, Gunnar Myrdal, Clement Greenberg, Reinhold Niebuhr, Lillian Smith, Whittaker Chambers, Daniel Bell, John Courtney Murray, Lionel Trilling, Martin Luther King, Jr., Betty Friedan, Thomas S. Kuhn, Susan Sontag, Malcolm X, Samuel Huntington, Richard Rorty, and Kwame Anthony Appiah.
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"In The American Intellectual Tradition, 4/e, Hollinger and Capper have critically considered a 'family of disagreements' in American social and political thought. The result is yet another probing volume of sources that illustrates links between ideas, culture, and major trends in American society. Selections from the work of Richard Rorty, Lillian Smith, Randolph Bourne, Sarah Grimké, and others set the stage for continuing debate about the dynamic and static nature of American social and intellectual life. The authors judiciously suggest other voices who come to different conclusions about the questions considered."--William Banks, University of California, Berkeley

"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: 9780195137224
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 9.19 (w) x 6.13 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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University of California, Berkeley

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Toward a Secular Culture
Charles Hodge 5
Selection from Systematic Theology (1872) 6
Charles Peirce 13
"The Fixation of Belief" (1877) 14
William Dean Howells 25
"Pernicious Fiction" (1887) 26
William Graham Sumner 29
"Sociology" (1881) 30
Lester Frank Ward 39
"Mind as a Social Factor" (1884) 40
Elizabeth Cady Stanton 48
"The Solitude of Self" (1892) 49
Charlotte Perkins Gilman 54
Selection from Women and Economics (1898) 55
Josiah Royce 61
"The Problem of Job" (1898) 62
William James 76
"The Will to Believe" (1897) 77
Henry Adams 91
"The Dynamo and the Virgin" (1907) 92
George Santayana 96
"The Genteel Tradition in American Philosophy" (1913) 97
Pt. 2 Social Progress and the Power of Intellect
William James 115
"What Pragmatism Means" (1907) 116
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. 127
"Natural Law" (1918) 128
Thorstein Veblen 131
Selection from The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899) 132
W. E. B. Du Bois 146
"Of the Sons of Master and Man" (1903) 148
Jane Addams 159
"The Subjective Necessity of Social Settlements" (1892) 160
John Dewey 165
"The Influence of Darwinism on Philosophy" (1909) 166
Selection from The Public and Its Problems (1927) 173
Randolph Bourne 178
"Trans-National America" (1916) 179
"Twilight of Idols" (1917) 189
H. L. Mencken 197
"The National Letters" (1920) 198
Margaret Mead 206
Selection from Coming of Age in Samoa (1928) 207
John Crowe Ransom 214
"Reconstructed but Unregenerate" (1930) 215
Edmund Wilson 227
"An Appeal to Progressives" (1931) 228
Meridel Le Sueur 233
"I Was Marching" (1934) 234
Pt. 3 To Formulate the Modern
Rudolf Carnap 245
"The Rejection of Metaphysics" (1935) 246
Reinhold Niebuhr 255
Selection from The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness (1944) 256
Whittaker Chambers 263
Selection from Witness (1952) 264
B. F. Skinner 277
Selection from Beyond Freedom and Dignity (1971) 278
Daniel Bell 286
"The End of Ideology in the West" (1960) 287
C. Wright Mills 293
Selection from The Sociological Imagination (1959) 294
Lionel Trilling 301
"On the Teaching of Modern Literature" (1961) 302
Thomas S. Kuhn 316
Selection from The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962) 317
Martin Luther King, Jr. 326
Selection from "Letter from the Birmingham Jail" (1963) 327
Ralph Ellison 335
"Review of An American Dilemma" (1964) 336
Betty Friedan 344
Selection from The Feminine Mystique (1963) 345
Adrienne Rich 352
Selection from "Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence" (1980) 353
Richard Rorty 357
"Science as Solidarity" (1986) 358
Evelyn Fox Keller 369
"Gender and Science: 1990" (1990) 370
Michael Walzer 387
"What Does It Mean to Be an 'American'?" (1990) 388
Chronologies 401
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