Virtue And Irony In American Democracy: Revisiting Dewey And Niebuhr by Daniel A. MorrisVirtue And Irony In American Democracy: Revisiting Dewey And Niebuhr by Daniel A. Morris

Virtue And Irony In American Democracy: Revisiting Dewey And Niebuhr

byDaniel A. Morris

Hardcover | July 1, 2015

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Virtue and Irony in American Democracy: Revisiting Dewey and Niebuhr offers original, accessible democratic-virtue readings of Dewey and Niebuhr, showing implications for political responses to economic inequality on the basis of the virtues they imply. It includes an innovative critique of the Dewey/Niebuhr debate, arguing that these two prominent theorists of democracy failed to exhibit an important form of tolerance in their engagement with each other.
Daniel A. Morris is lecturer in the Religion Department at Augustana College.
Title:Virtue And Irony In American Democracy: Revisiting Dewey And NiebuhrFormat:HardcoverDimensions:268 pages, 9.3 × 6.37 × 0.99 inPublished:July 1, 2015Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionChapter 1: We the People of HabitChapter 2: Pragmatic DemocracyChapter 3: Augustinian DemocracyChapter 4: The Capitalist Moral AgentChapter 5: The Irony of Missed ConsensusConclusion: Contemporary Challenges to Democracy

Editorial Reviews

In Virtue and Irony Dan Morris sets a new standard for democratically engaged scholarship. His compelling account of Niebuhr's Augustinian Protestantism and Dewey's philosophical pragmatism provides a distinctive point of departure for a democratic approach to virtue ethics. While others have attempted to situate virtues such as tolerance, mutality, and humility as important character traits for successful democratic living, Morris uses the unresolved Dewey/Niebuhr debate to illuminate the possibilities for developing these core dispositions for democracy. Morris's dynamic reading of the major figures of American Democratic thought, such as Jefferson, Franklin, and Lincoln, and his wonderfully generative interpretation of moral philosophers such as Rawls, Rorty, MacIntyre, is energetic and inviting-I did not want to put it down! Dan Morris has given us lucid analysis of the central texts that inform our democratic heritage. His eloquent pen moves from Aristotle to contemporary feminism and Afro-pragmatism with the grace of a symphonic wand. This is a powerful prescription for many of the ills that threaten the delicate social fabric of democratic life. It is my hope that we heed Daniel Morris's call, through Dewey and Niebuhr, to a more rich democratic world.?