The Olympics and Philosophy

The Olympics and Philosophy

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In 1973, Wilson Carey McWilliams (1933A2005) published The Idea of Fraternity in America, a groundbreaking book that argued for an alternative to AmericaA•s dominant philosophy of liberalism. This alternative tradition emphasized that community and fraternal bonds were as vital to the process of maintaining political liberty as was individual liberty. McWilliams expanded on this idea throughout his prolific career as a teacher, writer, and activist, promoting a unique definition of American democracy. In The Democratic Soul: A Wilson Carey McWilliams Reader, editors Patrick J. Deneen and Susan J. McWilliams, daughter of the famed intellectual, have assembled key essays, articles, reviews, and lectures that trace McWilliamsA•s evolution as a scholar and explain his often controversial views on education, religion, and literature. The book also showcases his thoughts and opinions on prominent twentieth-century figures such as George Orwell and Leo Strauss. The first comprehensive volume of Wilson Carey McWilliamsA• collected writings, The Democratic Soul will be welcomed by scholars of political science and American political thought as a long-overdue contribution to the field.For the Olympic athlete, winning a gold medal seems like the most obvious answer. ... heroes who have done more than win medalsa€”theya#39;ve exhibited moral virtues, changed the world for the better, and inspired others to do the same.

Title:The Olympics and Philosophy
Author:Heather Lynne Reid, Michael W. Austin
Publisher:University Press of Kentucky - 2012


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