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Conspicuous Criticism

Tradition, the Individual, and Culture In Modern American Social Thought, Revised Edition

Distributed for University of Scranton Press

Conspicuous Criticism

Tradition, the Individual, and Culture In Modern American Social Thought, Revised Edition

Originally published in 1996 and newly revised, Conspicuous Criticism is a ringing defense of the need for religion and tradition in contemporary society. Writing with moral passion and critical verve, Christopher Shannon offers a convincing indictment of the forces that isolate the individual in modern capitalist society and counters more than a century of efforts by modern intellectuals­ to displace tradition in favor of a humanism that actually diminishes humanity in the name of freeing its potential. Featuring in-depth analyses of the works of John Dewey, Thorstein Veblen, C. Wright Mills, and others, Conspicuous Criticism is a call to reinstate traditional relations to God, nature, and the common good. Scholars in fields from American studies to intellectual history will be forced to grapple with Shannon’s trenchant critique, which is well on its way to becoming a classic of Christian thought. 

Conspicuous Criticism inspired a concern about the modern world that in the years since I’ve not been able to brush aside.”—Eric Miller, First Things


229 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2006

History: History of Ideas

Philosophy: American Philosophy

Religion: Religion and Society

Sociology: Social Change, Social Movements, Political Sociology


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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
 
Chapter 1.  The Perspective of Workmanship
Chapter 2.  Middletown as Transition
Chapter 3.  A New Individualism
Chapter 4.  Patterns of Control
Chapter 5.  Culture for What?
Chapter 6.  The Sociological Imagination
Conclusion
 
Notes
Bibliography
Index
 

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