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ISBN:
0674008839
Author:
James E. Block
Category:
Politics & Government
Language:
English
Publisher:
Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (October 1, 2002)
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672 pages
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A Nation of Agents book. As Block shows, this complex relation of self to society lies at the root of the American character.

A Nation of Agents book. In this sweeping reinterpretation of American political culture, James. Block roots both self and society in the concept of agency, rather than liberty, and dispenses with the national myth of the "sacred cause of liberty"-with the Declaration of Independence as its "American scripture In this sweeping reinterpretation of American political culture, James Block offers a new perspective on the formation of the modern American self and society.

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The American Path to a Modern Self and Society. In this sweeping reinterpretation of American political culture, James Block offers a new perspective on the formation of the modern American self and society. Block roots both self and society in the concept of agency, rather than liberty, and dispenses with the national myth of the sacred cause of liberty -with the Declaration of Independence as its American scripture. Instead, he recovers the early modern conception of agency as the true synthesis emerging from America’s Protestant and liberal cultural foundations.

James Block has written a sweeping and stunningly ambitious book, one that seeks nothing less than to restore a coherent narrative to American history by reconstructing "the discourse on modern individualism and the constitution of liberal society" (p. 17). A political scientist at DePaul. A political scientist at DePaul University, Block boldly asserts the necessity of history if we are to understand ourselves, and he implies that an intellectual history of how the American character became modern is where all historical inquiry should begin

In this sweeping reinterpretation of American political culture, James Block offers a new perspective on the formation of the modern American self and society

In this sweeping reinterpretation of American political culture, James Block offers a new perspective on the formation of the modern American self and society. Block roots both self and society in the concept of agency, rather than liberty, and dispenses with the national myth of the "sacred cause of liberty"-with the Declaration of Independence as its "American scripture.

The Protestant Agent in Liberal Economics 13. John Dewey and the Modern Synthesis Conclusion: The Recovery of. . John Dewey and the Modern Synthesis Conclusion: The Recovery of Agency Notes Index. Preface 1. The American Narrative in Crisis Part I. The English Origins of the American Self and Society 2. The Early Puritan Insurgents and the Origins of Agency 3. The Protestant Revolutionaries and the Emerging Society of Agents 4. Thomas Hobbes and the Founding of the Liberal Politics of Agency 5. John Locke and the Mythic Society of Free Agents Part II. The Ascendancy of Agency and the First New Nation 6. The Great Awakening and the Emergent Culture of Agency 7. The Revolutionary Triump. ONTINUE READING.

James Block has taught Political Theory and American Culture at DePaul for three decades. He has written for journals of opinion and the New York Times, and his book A Nation of Agents: The American Path to a Modern Self and Society was published in 2002 by Harvard University Press.

In this sweeping reinterpretation of American political culture, James Block offers a new perspective on the formation of the modern American self and society. Block roots both self and society in the concept of agency, rather than liberty, and dispenses with the national myth of the "sacred cause of liberty"--with the Declaration of Independence as its "American scripture." Instead, he recovers the early modern conception of agency as the true synthesis emerging from America's Protestant and liberal cultural foundations.

Block traces agency doctrine from its pre-Commonwealth English origins through its development into the American mainstream culture on the eve of the twentieth century. The concept of agency that prevailed in the colonies simultaneously released individuals from traditional constraints to participate actively and self-reliantly in social institutions, while confining them within a new set of commitments. Individual initiative was now firmly bounded by the modern values and ends of personal Protestant religiosity and collective liberal institutional authority. As Block shows, this complex relation of self to society lies at the root of the American character.

A Nation of Agents is a new reading of what the "first new nation" did and did not achieve. It will enable us to move beyond long-standing national myths and grasp both the American achievement and its legacy for modernity.

  • Chankane
A completely different perspective of American history!
  • Goodman
great