|In 1973, Wilson
Carey McWilliams (1933--2005) published The Idea of Fraternity
in America, a groundbreaking book that argued for an
alternative to America'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
McWilliams, daughter of the famed intellectual, have assembled key
essays, articles, reviews, and lectures that trace McWilliams's
evolution as a scholar and explain his often controversial views on
education, religion, and literature.
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 McWilliams' 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.
The Democratic Soul
A Wilson Carey McWilliams Reader
by Wilson Carey McWilliams