The Radical Will

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Randolph Bourne was only thirty-two when he died in 1918, but he left a legacy of astonishingly mature and incisive writings on politics, literature, and culture, which were of enormous influence in shaping the American intellectual climate of the 1920s and 1930s. This definitive collection, back in print at last, includes such noted essays as "The War and the Intellectuals," "The Fragment of the State," "The Development of Public Opinion," and "John Dewey's Philosophy." Bourne's critique of militarism and advocacy of cultural pluralism are enduring contributions to social and political thought, sure to have an equally strong impact in our own time.
In their introduction and preface, Olaf Hansen and Christopher Lasch provide biographical and historical context for Bourne's work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520077157
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 1/19/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Randolph Bourne (1886-1918) studied with Charles Beard and John Dewey at Columbia University. He was a regular contributor to The New Republic, Dial, and The Seven Arts, and active in the protest movement against American entry into the First World War. Olaf Hansen teaches American Studies at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt. Christopher Lasch is Professor of History at the University of Rochester.

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Table of Contents

Preface 9
Introduction: Affinity and Ambivalence 17
Pt. I Youth and Life: In Search of A Radical Metaphor 65
The Handicapped 73
The Prayer of a Materialist 88
Sabotage 90
Youth 93
The Excitement of Friendship 106
The Dodging of Pressures 115
The Life of Irony 134
The Experimental Life 149
This Older Generation 159
Old Tyrannies 169
The Mystic Turned Radical 174
Pt. II Education and Politics 179
In a Schoolroom 185
The Wasted Years 189
The Cult of the Best 193
What is Experimental Education 197
The Democratic School 202
Class and School 206
The Undergraduate 212
Who Owns the Universities 216
One of Our Conquerors 219
Pt. III Politics, State, and Society 225
The Doctrine of the Rights of Man as Formulated by Thomas Paine 233
Transnational America 248
A Mirror of the Middle West 265
Emerald Lake 271
Our Unplanned Cities 275
The Architect 279
The Night-Court 282
What is Exploitation 285
The "Scientific" Manager 290
New Ideals in Business 294
The Price of Radicalism 298
The Puritan's Will to Power 301
The War and the Intellectuals 307
A War Diary 319
John Dewey's Philosophy 331
Twilight of Idols 336
Practice vs. Product 348
Law and Order 352
The State 355
The Disillusionment 396
The Artist in Wartime 408
Pt. IV Portraits, Criticism and the Art of Reviewing 415
The History of A Literary Radical 421
Mon Amie 435
Karen: A Portrait 443
Fergus 448
Suffrage and Josella 453
Theodore Dreiser 457
The Art of Theodore Dreiser 462
Paul Elmer More 467
H.L. Mencken 472
From an Older Time 475
Traps for the Unwary 480
Chivalry and Sin 485
An Examination of Eminences 489
The Uses of Infallibility 494
The Light Essay 506
Sociological Fiction 511
Pageantry and Social Art 515
A Sociological Poet 520
"A Little Thing of Brunelleschi's" 528
The American Adventure 532
A Vanishing World of Gentility 537
Bibliography 541
Biographical Data 547
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