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This work addresses the troubling state of contemporary society and explores grounds for renewal. Twelve leading scholars and social thinkers look at various aspects of the political and cultural foundations of American and Western civilization and describe how new ideologies and institutional changes have challenged traditional understandings of human nature and society. The authors argue that the abandonment of the moral and intellectual heritage of America’s founding principles has contributed to the disorder and social decline so prevalent today.

Topics covered in this book include: the counter-culture of the sixties, politics and culture, Christian philosophy, intellectual history, the American founding, liberalism, social-sexual values, natural law, ``high'' culture and popular culture, and multiculturalism.

Contributors:
William B. Allen
Hadley Arkes
Martha Bayles
Dinesh D'Souza
Elizabeth Fox-Genovese
Robert P. George
Charles R. Kesler
Hilton Kramer
Joyce Little
Ralph McInerny
Claes G. Ryn
Stephen J. Tonsor III

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This collection addresses conservative anxieties and aspirations in a courteously engaging, invariably informed, and often sharply mischievous style. It moves from tightly argued critiques of new academic orthodoxy and occasional bouts of depression, through merciless humor and common sense, to a finale of resilient confidence, secured both in pragmatism and principle.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802845344
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
1 Institutionalizing the Counterculture 1
2 Cultural Origins of Politics: The Modern Imagination of Escape 10
3 Christianity and the Spirit of the Age 26
4 Culture, Politics, and the American Founding 42
5 Radical Challenges to Liberal Democracy 56
6 What to Do While Awaiting the Apocalypse: The Role of Creative Minorities in a Time of Cultural Crisis 88
7 Women in a Changing World: The Consequences and the Implications 101
8 Marriage and the Illusion of Moral Neutrality 114
9 The Law and the Loss of Urbanity 128
10 Immunity, Not Surgery: Why It Is Better to Exert Cultural Authority Than to Impose Censorship 152
11 Multiculturalism and the Problem of Cultural Relativism 165
12 Revolt of the Masses Revisited 178
About the Contributors 192
Index 198
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