The Persistence of Liberty: An American Philosophy

The Persistence of Liberty: An American Philosophy

by David Ross Netherton

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Overview

This appealing book treats the genesis of contemporary American taste, tolerance and energy. The Persistence of Liberty illuminates the idealistic perspective that so many Americans share. In collected essays, it is part cultural history and part odyssey, traveling across recurring themes of the latter twentieth century in prose poetry that draws upon the arts, natural sciences, evolution of the spirit, and the liberty of the American moment to form its own practical philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948796798
Publisher: Hermes Editions
Publication date: 11/01/2019
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

David Netherton has lived and worked in Europe and Latin America, and writes about the community of nations and America's place in it. Educated in Boston and Vienna, he trained in epidemiology and global health at Harvard and earned his doctorate in philosophy in the UK. He was born in Chicago in 1948, and he and his wife, Joanne, have two sons. They live in New England.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

1 BOOK OF HABITS 1

CHAPTER ONE Modus Vivendi 3

CHAPTER TWO Popular Alienation 11

CHAPTER THREE Inheriting Nostalgia 18

CHAPTER FOUR Bebop Doo-wop 26

CHAPTER FIVE Dreams of Disaster 36

2 BOOK OF HERESIES 45

CHAPTER SIX Letter to Abigail 47

CHAPTER SEVEN Ordinary Alchemy 56

CHAPTER EIGHT Double Souls 65

CHAPTER NINE Waiting for Change 72

CHAPTER TEN Hymn to Hypatia 82

3 BOOK OF VOYAGES 93

CHAPTER ELEVEN Kansas Valkyrie 95

CHAPTER TWELVE Tempo di Valse 102

CHAPTER THIRTEEN Café Vandal 112

CHAPTER FOURTEEN Doctrine’s Orders 123

CHAPTER FIFTEEN Supreme Futures 133

4 BOOK OF VISIONS 139

CHAPTER SIXTEEN National Endowments 141

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN Video Incest 147

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN Twisted Fate 156

CHAPTER NINETEEN Bert Lonestone, Left Field 165

CHAPTER TWENTY Mei Kuo 176

Chapter Epigraphs 186

Index 190

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