Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 March 2012

368 Pages

6x9 inches

ISBN: 9780823242092

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Reconstructing Individualism

A Pragmatic Tradition from Emerson to Ellison

James M. Albrecht

A Fordham University Press Publication

American Philosophy (FUP)

  • This book traces in major American thinkers a genealogy of individualist ethics that can provide an alternative to the familiar conception based on classical liberalism. Instead, Albrecht finds in Emerson, William James, Dewey, and Ralph Ellison a model of selfhood and individualism that is inherently relational.
  • He thus provides, out of these classic American thinkers, a new way of conceiving how individuality vitalizes communal efforts at reform.

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