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A Nation of Agents

The American Path to a Modern Self and Society

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$86.50 • £69.95 • €78.00

ISBN 9780674008830

Publication Date: 10/01/2002

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672 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

1 halftone

Belknap Press

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  • Preface
    • 1. The American Narrative in Crisis
  • Part I. The English Origins of the American Self and Society
    • 2. The Early Puritan Insurgents and the Origins of Agency
    • 3. The Protestant Revolutionaries and the Emerging Society of Agents
    • 4. Thomas Hobbes and the Founding of the Liberal Politics of Agency
    • 5. John Locke and the Mythic Society of Free Agents
  • Part II. The Ascendancy of Agency and the First New Nation
    • 6. The Great Awakening and the Emergent Culture of Agency
    • 7. The Revolutionary Triumph of Agency
  • Part III. The Dilemma of Nationhood
    • 8. The Liberal Idyll amidst Republican Realities
    • 9. From the Idyll: Liberation and Reversal in a World without Bounds
  • Part IV. The Creation of an Agency Civilization
    • 10. National Revival as the Crucible of Agency Character
    • 11. From Sectarian Discord to Civil Religion
    • 12. The Protestant Agent in Liberal Economics
    • 13. John Dewey and the Modern Synthesis
  • Conclusion: The Recovery of Agency
  • Notes
  • Index

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