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The ancient antagonism between the active and the contemplative lives is taken up in this innovative and wide-ranging examination of John William Miller’s effort to forge a metaphysics of democracy. The Active Life sheds new light on Miller’s actualist philosophy—its scope, its systematic character, and its dialectical form. Michael J. McGandy persuasively sets Miller’s actualism in the context of Hannah Arendt’s understanding of the active life and skillfully presents actualism as a response to Whitman’s challenge to craft a democratic form of metaphysics. McGandy concludes that Miller reveals how the philosophical and the political are inextricably connected, how there is no active life without the contemplative life, and that the contemplative life is founded in the active life.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-xlll
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xv-xvll
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  1. Introduction: The Active and Contemplative Lives
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. Chapter 1. A Metaphysics of Democracy?
  2. pp. 13-37
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  1. Chapter 2. Action
  2. pp. 39-69
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  1. Chapter 3. Symbol
  2. pp. 71-108
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  1. Chapter 4. History
  2. pp. 109-145
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  1. Chapter 5. Democracy
  2. pp. 147-183
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  1. Epilogue: The Scholar and the Citizen
  2. pp. 185-192
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 193-213
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  1. References
  2. pp. 215-222
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 223-231
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780791482865
Related ISBN
9780791465370
MARC Record
OCLC
63148245
Pages
252
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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