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Alexander Meiklejohn

What Does America Mean?

What Does America Mean?

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America's passion for "liberty," writes Alexander Meiklejohn, has blinded her to the real meaning of "freedom." It is freedom, not liberty, that lies at the heart of democracy, and we may be in danger of losing both. Our fetish of independence has permitted us to condone slavery, the betrayal of Indians and Blacks, and "the humiliation of the spirit of women . . . the crowning insult which a society has offered to the personalities of its own members." In this challenging essay, sensitively and scrupulously argued, one of America's most original social philosophers sums up the fallacies that have confused our purpose and recalls us to the methods of inquiry that led Socrates and Jesus to their supreme insights, "Know yourself" and "Love your neighbor."

Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Meiklejohn, Alexander
Published: 05/17/1972
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393006582
Pages: 276
Weight: 0.55lbs
Size: 7.72h x 5.09w x 0.64d
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