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Reconstructing Individualism A Pragmatic Tradition from Emerson to Ellison



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America has a love-hate relationship with individualism. In Reconstructing Individualism, James Albrecht argues that our conceptions of individualism have remained trapped within the assumptions of classic liberalism. He traces an alternative genealogy of individualist ethics in four major American thinkers-Ralph Waldo Emerson, William James, John Dewey, and Ralph Ellison. These writers' shared commitments to pluralism (metaphysical and cultural), experimentalism, and a melioristic stance toward value and reform led them to describe the self as inherently relational. Accordingly, they articulate models of selfhood that are socially engaged and ethically responsible, and they argue that a reconceived-or, in Dewey's term, "reconstructed"-individualism is not merely compatible with but necessary to democratic community. Conceiving selfhood and community as interrelated processes, they call for an ongoing reform of social conditions so as to educate and liberate individuality, and, conversely, they affirm the essential role individuality plays in vitalizing communal efforts at reform.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: "Individualism Has Never Been Tried": Toward a Pragmatic Individualismp. 1
What's the Use of Reading Emerson Pragmatically?: The Example of William Jamesp. 25
"Let Us Have Worse Cotton and Better Men": Emerson's Ethics of Self-Culturep. 53
Moments in the World's Salvation: James's Pragmatic Individualismp. 127
Character and Community: Dewey's Model of Moral Selfhoodp. 191
"The Local Is the Ultimate Universal": Dewey on Reconstructing Individuality and Communityp. 244
A Tragicomic Ethics in the Emersonian Vein
Saying Yes and Saying No: Individualist Ethics in Ellison and Burkep. 281
Notesp. 311
Indexp. 371
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