The Battle for the American Mind: A Brief History of a Nation's Thought

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2004 - 357 頁
The Battle for the American Mind brings together religion, politics, economics, science, and literature to present a compelling history of the American people. In this brief and entertaining book, noted historian Carl J. Richard argues that there have been three worldviews that have dominated American thought--theism, humanism, and skepticism. Theists put their faith in God, humanists in man, and skeptics have faith in neither god nor man. Each worldview has had an epoch of domination, leading to the present "Age of Confusion" where theists, humanists, and skeptics battle one another for control of American hearts and minds. By clearly explaining what Americans believed, exploring why they did so, and showing how that impacted the nation's development, Carl J. Richard presents a unique portrait of the United States--past and present.

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Addressing the general reader, Richard (history, Univ. of Louisiana, Lafayette; The Founders and the Classics ) here offers a generally substantive reevaluation of extant published sources dealing ... 閱讀評論全文

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Protestant Reformation The Crucible of American Theism
1
Early American Protestantism
23
The Age of Humanism
67
The Rise of Modern Humanism
69
The Origins and Varieties of Republicanism
107
Economic Theories
147
Revivalism Reform and Romanticism in the Antebellum Period
181
The Age of Skepticism
231
The Rise of Modern Skepticism
233
Pragmatism
275
The Age of Confusion
305
American Thought since World War II
307
Bibliographical Suggestions for General Readers
333
Index
343
About the Author
348
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Carl J. Richard is professor of history at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. He is the author of The Founders and the Classics and Twelve Greeks and Romans Who Changed the World. He lives in Broussard, Louisiana.

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