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Reconstructing America: The Symbol of America in Modern Thought

Ceaser, Professor James W.

ISBN 10: 0300070535 / 0-300-07053-5
ISBN 13: 9780300070538
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 1997
Binding: Hardcover
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With wit and passion, Ceaser traces the origins of the negative images of America, beginning with French scientists in the middle of the eighteenth century who viewed the country as a land of racial and physical degeneracy, and continuing with German thinkers from Hegel to Nietzsche, Spengler, and Heidegger, who viewed America as culturally inferior and a technological wasteland. Ceaser puts these critics of America in a dialogue with the country's defenders - among them Alexander Hamilton, Alexis de Tocqueville, and Leo Strauss. By revealing the sources of the hostility to America, Ceaser undermines the position of its present attackers. He contends that only if we reassert political science rather than cultural and literary criticism as the proper intellectual discipline for directing politics will we free the real America from the symbolic America and vindicate its name.

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Book Description: Yale Univ Pr, New Haven CT, 1997. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 8vo. Multiple Brand New copies, No marks, FREE TRACKING and DELIVERY CONFIRMATION, Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 304 p. Topics Europe; Foreign public opinion, European; France; General; Germany; History; History & Surveys; History & Theory; Intellectual life; Modern; Non-Fiction; Philosophy; Political Science; United States For too many people, America has become the primary symbol of all that is grotesque, deadening, and oppressive—or, as Heidegger once put it, the "emerging monstrousness of modern times." This image of a degenerate America, constructed in large part by European intellectuals, has been gradually accepted within the United States, for America is now under siege by its own philosophers, literary critics, and postmodern thinkers. It is time, says James Ceaser in this provocative book, to remind ourselves that the real America—as opposed to the symbolic one—has forged a system of liberal democratic government that has shaped the destiny of the modern world. Bookseller Inventory # HistoryUS3038

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