Twentieth-Century Multiplicity: American Thought and Culture, 1900-1920

Twentieth-Century Multiplicity: American Thought and Culture, 1900-1920

by Daniel H. Borus
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742515060

ISBN-13: 9780742515062

Pub. Date: 11/28/2008

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Twentieth-Century Multiplicity explores the effect of the culture-wide sense that prevailing syntheses failed to account fully for the complexities of modern life. As Daniel H. Borus documents the belief that there were many truths, many beauties, and many values—a condition that the historian Henry Adams labeled multiplicity—rather than singular ones

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Twentieth-Century Multiplicity explores the effect of the culture-wide sense that prevailing syntheses failed to account fully for the complexities of modern life. As Daniel H. Borus documents the belief that there were many truths, many beauties, and many values—a condition that the historian Henry Adams labeled multiplicity—rather than singular ones prompted new departures in a myriad of discourses and practices ranging from comic strips to politics to sociology. The new emphasis on contingency and context prompted Americans to rethink what counted as truth and beauty, how the self was constituted and societies cohered and functioned. The challenge to absolutes and universals, Borus shows, gave rise to a culture in which standards were not always firm and fixed and previously accepted hierarchies were not always valid. Although itself strenuously challenged, especially during the First World War, early twentieth-century multiplicity bequeathed to American cultural life an abiding sense of the complexity and diversity of things.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742515062
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2008
Series:
American Thought and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Twentieth-Century Multiplicity
Chapter 2: Foundations
Chapter 3: Beauties
Chapter 4: Selves
Chapter 5: Collectivities
Chapter 6: War
Chronology
Bibliographic Essay

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