Beyond Practical Virtue: A Defense of Liberal Democracy Through Literature

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Aesthetic critics of democracy such as Carlyle and Nietzsche have argued that modern democracy, by removing the hierarchical institutions that once elevated society's character, turns citizens into bland, mediocre souls. Joel A. Johnson now offers a rebuttal to these critics, drawing surprising inspiration from American literary classics. Examining the novels of James Fenimore Cooper, Mark Twain, and William Dean Howells, he shows that through their fiction we can gain a better appreciation of the rich detail of everyday ...

Beyond Practical Virtue: A Defense of Liberal Democracy Through Literature 2007, University of Missouri Press

ISBN-13: 9780826217110

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