The Social Philosophy of Jane Addams

The Social Philosophy of Jane Addams

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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 25.4mm | 612.35g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252034767
  • 9780252034763

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"A good introduction ... that is organized thematically and easily accessible to readers unfamiliar with Addams's writings. . . . Recommended."--Choiceshow more

About Maurice Hamington

Maurice Hamington is an associate professor of women's studies and philosophy and director of the Institute for Women's Studies and Services at Metropolitan State College of Denver. He is the author or editor of six books including Embodied Care: Jane Addams, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Feminist Ethics.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction: A Remarkable Life, a Remarkable Mind; Part One: Jane Addams, Philosopher; 1. Intellectual Influences; 2. Radical Pragmatism; 3. Feminist Pioneer; 4. Sympathetic Knowledge; Part Two: Theory, Action, Reflection; 5. Ultimate Social Progress: Peace; 6. Widening the Circle; 7. The Reluctant Socialist; 8. Democracy, Education, and Play; 9. Civic Religion and Utopia; Afterword: Cosmopolitan Hope; Notes; Bibliography; Indexshow more

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