Core Actors in America

Core Actors in America : A Vital View of Human Moral Nature and Political Change

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Core Actors in America challenges the ontological assumptions of America's dominant public philosophy, liberalism, and its more affectionate subordinate, communitarianism. Dr. Stephen Terhune Smith presents an alternative view that focuses on the world-view and historical impact of core actors, morally informed non-conformists who initiate major social and political changes, which ultimately become part of our institutional landscape.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 268 pages
  • 153.16 x 229.36 x 20.83mm | 394.62g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073911767X
  • 9780739117675

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An impressive book...An original, creative take on American thought and life. -- Wilson Carey McWilliams, Rutgers University This refreshing call for a renewed project of moral progress eschews the bromides of fundamentalism by restoring our enlightenment traditions as ground for authentic individual and collective action on behalf of the common good. Stephen Terhune Smith delivers robust, readable political philosophy anchored by exemplary lives of commitment. I will incorporate the concept of morally energized core actors into my future teaching addressing leadership, social/political movements and individual agency... -- James P. Keen, author of Common Fire This refreshing call for a renewed project of moral progress eschews the bromides of fundamentalism by restoring our enlightenment traditions as ground for authentic individual and collective action on behalf of the common good. Stephen Terhune Smith delivers robust, readable political philosophy anchored by exemplary lives of commitment. I will incorporate the concept of morally energized core actors into my future teaching addressing leadership, social/political movements and individual agency. -- James P. Keen, author of Common Fireshow more

About Stephen Terhune Smith

Stephen Terhune Smith is assistant professor of criminal justice at Westfield State College in Massachusetts.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Our Enlightenment Misapprehensions Chapter 3 Enlightened Community Chapter 4 The Nature of Action and Our Capacity to Act: A Pair of Nineteenth Century Core Actors Chapter 5 Morally Informed Action: Two Examples from the Progressive Era Chapter 6 Some Contemporary Actors Chapter 7 The Capacity to Care Chapter 8 The Capacity to Learn and to Knowshow more