Achieving Our Country : Leftist Thought in Twentieth-Century America

By Richard Rorty

Must the sins of America's prior poison its desire for the longer term? in recent years the yankee Left, taking flight into the ivied halls of academe to rue the nation's disgrace, has spoke back certain in either observe and deed. In Achieving Our Country, one in every of America's best philosophers demanding situations this misplaced iteration of the Left to appreciate the position it could play within the nice culture of democratic highbrow exertions that all started with writers like Walt Whitman and John Dewey.

How have nationwide delight and American patriotism come to appear an endorsement of atrocities--from slavery to the slaughter of local american citizens, from the rape of historical forests to the Vietnam struggle? Achieving Our Country strains the resources of this debilitating mentality of disgrace within the Left, in addition to the damage it does to its proponents and to the rustic. on the middle of this heritage is the clash among the outdated Left and the recent that arose throughout the Vietnam struggle period. Richard Rorty describes how the paradoxical victory of the antiwar move, ushering within the Nixon years, inspired a disenchanted new release of intellectuals to pursue "High idea" on the fee of contemplating where of rules in our universal lifestyles. during this flip to idea, Rorty sees a retreat from the secularism and pragmatism championed through Dewey and Whitman, and he decries the tendency of the heirs of the hot Left to theorize in regards to the usa from a distance rather than partaking within the civic paintings of shaping our nationwide future.

In the absence of a colourful, energetic Left, the perspectives of intellectuals at the American correct have come to dominate the general public sphere. This galvanizing ebook, tailored from Rorty's Massey Lectures of 1997, takes step one towards redressing the imbalance in American cultural lifestyles via rallying these at the Left to the civic engagement and suggestion wanted for "achieving our country."

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