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America Goes to College
Political Theory for the Liberal Arts
America Goes to College
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John E. Seery - Author
Price: $65.50 
Hardcover - 256 pages
Release Date: November 2002
ISBN10: 0-7914-5591-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5591-3

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Paperback - 256 pages
Release Date: November 2002
ISBN10: 0-7914-5592-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5592-0

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Extols the virtue of small liberal arts colleges and the liberal arts tradition.

A rallying cry on behalf of a distinctly American institution of higher learning—the small liberal arts college—America Goes to College combines broad-based scholarship with personal narrative and reflection. In a highly entertaining manner, John E. Seery showcases the precarious successes of a well-rounded liberal arts college education, while at the same time signaling some of the dangers that loom on the horizon. Seery contends that the liberal arts are best pursued within the face-to-face interactive setting, characteristic of the small college classroom, as opposed to the large university lecture hall. Moreover and more provocatively, he identifies political theorists as the proper custodians and practitioners of the liberal arts tradition as it unfolds today. It is the unfettered freedom of the small liberal arts college, where vision and practice can actually coincide, that makes it the embodiment of the advantages of the American higher education system—a national treasure deserving of support.

“This book is remarkably readable, often extremely funny, but always serious with a profound point to make about the nature of political theory, philosophy, education, and human life more generally.” — Patrick J. Deneen, author of The Odyssey of Political Theory: The Politics of Departure and Return

“This is an original and creative integration of political theory and experience. Seery's 'rallying cry' for liberal arts colleges is supported by scholarship from his field, political theory, and concrete examples from his life, from growing up in the Midwest to teaching at Pomona College.” — Meta Mendel-Reyes, author of Reclaiming Democracy: The Sixties in Politics and Memory

John E. Seery is Professor of Politics at Pomona College. He is the author of Political Theory for Mortals: Shades of Justice, Images of Death; Political Returns: Irony in Politics and Theory, from Plato to the Antinuclear Movement; and coeditor (with Daniel W. Conway) of The Politics of Irony: Essays in Self-Betrayal.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Political Theory for the Liberal Arts

CANONS

1. My Turn: A Great Bookish Tell-all

2. The Columbus Controversy as Confession

COLLEGES

3. George Kateb's Main Thing

4. What Teaching at Pomona College Means to Me

CONTROVERSIES

5. Moral Perfectionism and Abortion Politics

6. Political Philosophy in the Twilight of an Idol

CANVASES

7. Grant Wood's Political Gothic

8. Do Media Studies Belong in a Liberal Arts Curriculum?

COMPOSITIONS

9. Unremembered Acts Remembered

10. Castles in the Air: An Essay on Political Foundations

COMMISSIONS

11. Political Theory in the Twentieth Century

12. America Goes to College: A Manifesto of Sorts

Notes

Index



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