Uncertain Victory: Social Democracy and Progressivism in European and American Thought, 1870-1920

Uncertain Victory: Social Democracy and Progressivism in European and American Thought, 1870-1920

by James T. Kloppenberg


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195037494
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 04/17/1986
Pages: 556
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.44(d)

About the Author

James T. Kloppenberg is Charles Warren Professor of American History at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Part 1
Chapter 1.The Philosophy of the Via Media15
1.Beyond Kant: Religion and Science in Nineteenth-Century Thought15
2.Portraits: A Generation of Radical Philosophers26
3.Clearing the Field: Critiques of Associationism and Idealism46
Chapter 2.The Radical Theory of Knowledge64
1.The Immediacy of Lived Experience64
2.The Consciousness of Continuity and the Continuity of Consciousness73
3.Voluntary Action and Pragmatic Truth79
Chapter 3.Culture, Understanding, and History95
1.The Social and Meaningful Quality of Experience95
2.Interpretation as a Means of Knowing100
3.The Historical Sensibility107
Chapter 4.The Ethics of Rational Benevolence115
1.Beyond Utilitarianism and Intuitionism115
2.The Conflict Between Prudence and Justice123
3.The Historicity of Ethics and the Burden of Responsibility132
Chapter 5.From Philosophy to Politics145
1.The Politics of the Via Media145
2.Political Reform and the Role of Intellectuals160
3.Resurrecting the Common Good170
Part 2
Chapter 6.From Socialism to Social Democracy199
1.The Origins of Social Democracy199
2.The Critique of Socialist Reason224
3.Rethinking Economic Theory: Where Marx Went Wrong239
Chapter 7.Social Democratic Politics247
1.Reform Strategy and the Tactics of Liberal Alliance247
2.Democracy and the Problem of Expertise267
3.Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity Reconsidered277
Chapter 8.From Liberalism to Progressivism298
1.Drifting from Liberalism298
2.Understanding Social Experience329
3.The Problem of Ethics in a Disenchanted World340
Chapter 9.Progressive Politics349
1.Political Action and Cultural Change349
2.Progressive Education373
3.Bureaucracy versus Democracy381
Chapter 10.The Prospect of Justice395
1.Freedom and Property395
2.Toward a Harmony of Free Wills401
3.Conclusion: Knowledge, Responsibility, and Reform410

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