Beyond Freedom and Dignity urges us to reexamine the ideals we have taken for granted and to consider the possibility of a radically behaviorist approach to human problems-one that has appeared to some incompatible with those ideals, but which envisions the building of a world in which humankind can attain its greatest possible achievements.
Ernest Sandeen’s Roots of Fundamentalism remains a landmark work in the history of religion. A National Book Award finalist, it was the first full-length study to present an intellectual historical critique of the Fundamentalist movement in America. Sandeen argues that our understanding of this movement has been grievously distorted by the Fundamentalist-Modernist debate of the 1920s, as symbolized by William Jennings Bryan and the Scopes trial. Rather than viewing Fundamentalism as a chiefly sociological phenomenon of the 1920s, Sandeen argues from a transatlantic perspective that the Fundamentalist movement “was a self-conscious, structured, long-lived dynamic entity” that had its origins in Anglo-American millenarian thought and movements of the nineteenth century.
Rawls aims to express an essential part of the common core of the democratic tradition – justice as fairness – and to provide an alternative to utilitarianism, which had dominated the Anglo-Saxon tradition of political thought since the nineteenth century. Rawls substitutes the ideal of the social contract as a more satisfactory account of the basic rights and liberties of citizens as free and equal persons. “Each person,” writes Rawls, “possesses an inviolability founded on justice that even the welfare of society as a whole cannot override.” Advancing the ideas of Rousseau, Kant, Emerson, and Lincoln, Rawls’s theory is as powerful today as it was when first published.
In this five-volume opus–now available in its entirety in paperback–Pelikan traces the development of Christian doctrine from the first century to the twentieth.
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The tradition of dissent among American Baptists, Quakers, Separatists, and other pietistic dissenters against the Congregational ecclesiastical establishment in New England provided a very different approach to the unique American principle of separation of church and state from that associated with the better-known tradition of Jefferson and Madison in Virginia. Slowly but surely, however, these New England dissenters operating within the changing climate of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment and the American Revolutionary tradition developed sufficient political presence to persuade the Congregational majority that liberty of conscience required a system of completely voluntary support for religious worship. By tracing shifting theological, social, political, and intellectual patterns in the New England colonies and states for these two centuries and their very different ways of achieving religious disestablishment, the author provides an example of the complex ways in which the principle of religious liberty evolved and was applied.
This is the only comprehensive psychoanalytic study of white racism. It integrates historical, social and psychodynamic perspectives to explore Kovel’s definition that ‘far from being the simple delusion of a bigoted and ignorant minority, racism is a set of beliefs whose structure arises from the deepest levels of our lives – from the fabric of assumptions we make about the world, ourselves and others and from the patterns of fundamental social activities.’
Originally delivered in 1971 as the first Cambridge lectures in memory of Bertrand Russell, Problems of Knowledge and Freedom is an erudite and cogent synthesis of Noam Chomsky’s moral philosophy, linguistic analysis, and emergent political critique of America’s war in Vietnam.
Text and photographs documenting the life of Hasidic communities in America.
Beyond Belief collects fifteen celebrated, broadly ranging essays in which Robert Bellah interprets the interplay of religion and society in concrete contexts from Japan to the Middle East to the United States. First published in 1970, Beyond Belief is a classic in the field of sociology of religion.