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    Cambridge, Mass. [u.a.] : Harvard Univ. Press
    Format: 159 S.
    ISBN: 067400311X
    Series Statement: The William E. Massey Sr. lectures in the history of American civilization 1997
    Content: How have national pride and American patriotism come to seem an endorsement of atrocities - from slavery to the slaughter of Native Americans, from the rape of ancient forests to the Vietnam War? Achieving Our Country traces the sources of this debilitating mentality of shame in the Left, as well as the harm it does to its proponents and to the country. At the center of this history is the conflict between the Old Left and the New that arose during the Vietnam War. Richard Rorty describes how the paradoxical victory of the antiwar movement, ushering in the Nixon years, encouraged a disillusioned generation of intellectuals to pursue "High Theory" at the expense of considering the place of ideas in our common life. In the absence of a vibrant, active Left, the views of intellectuals on the American Right have come to dominate the public sphere. This galvanizing book, adapted from Rorty's Massey Lectures of 1997, takes the first step toward redressing the imbalance in American cultural life by rallying those on the Left to the civic engagement and inspiration needed for "achieving our country."
    Language: English
    Subjects: Economics , American Studies , Political Science , Philosophy
    Keywords: USA ; Linksradikalismus ; Theorie ; USA ; Die Linke ; Politisches Engagement ; Geschichte ; USA ; Intellektueller ; Reformpolitik ; Geschichte ; USA ; Die Linke ; Patriotismus ; USA ; Nationalbewusstsein ; Kritik
    Author information: Rorty, Richard 1931-2007
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