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The Meaning of Americanism, an Essay on the Religious and Philosophic of the American Mind


reviewed by Howard L. Parsons - 1957

coverTitle: The Meaning of Americanism, an Essay on the Religious and Philosophic of the American Mind
Author(s): Robert N. Beck
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: , Pages: , Year:
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It is ideas and ideals which, by guiding the activities of a civilization, can make or break it. Hence there is nothing so indispensable to mankind's survival and advance as the examination and criticism of the basic concepts on which human life rests. And the examination of these concepts is especially requisite in the case of democracy, which is a definite political philosophy requiring continuing formulation on the part of its citizens. The Meaning of Americanism is an attempt on the part of one American citizen (a professor of philosophy at dark University) to formulate and critically evaluate the foundations of the American tradition. The book deals with the historical meaning of "democracy"—the nature of the good, law, public opinion, justice, and other concepts. By careful historical exposition and philosophical analysis the author traces the origins, meanings, presuppositions, and consequences of those concepts which were rooted in classical (Western) religious and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 58 Number 8, 1957, p. 459-459
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4550, Date Accessed: 8/4/2020 4:53:30 PM

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