A Nation of Agents: The American Path to a Modern Self and by James E. Block

By James E. Block

During this sweeping reinterpretation of yank political tradition, James Block bargains a brand new point of view at the formation of the fashionable American self and society. Block roots either self and society within the notion of employer, instead of liberty, and dispenses with the nationwide delusion of the "sacred explanation for liberty"--with the announcement of Independence as its "American scripture." in its place, he recovers the early sleek perception of organization because the actual synthesis rising from America's Protestant and liberal cultural foundations. Block lines organisation doctrine from its pre-Commonwealth English origins via its improvement into the yankee mainstream tradition at the eve of the 20th century. the concept that of business enterprise that prevailed within the colonies concurrently published contributors from conventional constraints to take part actively and self-reliantly in social associations, whereas confining them inside a brand new set of commitments. person initiative was once now firmly bounded by way of the trendy values and ends of private Protestant religiosity and collective liberal institutional authority. As Block exhibits, this complicated relation of self to society lies on the root of the yankee personality. A country of brokers is a brand new analyzing of what the "first new kingdom" did and didn't in attaining. it's going to let us to maneuver past long-standing nationwide myths and clutch either the yank success and its legacy for modernity.

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The result, which shattered traditional hierarchical civiliza- 24 The American Narrative in Crisis tion, was the Protestant-liberal civilization of modernity with its distinctive agency forms of authority, selfhood, and institutional organization. The term agency, while associated with liberal moral theory, emerges in early English dissent as one of several parallel terms and achieves ever greater prominence in Anglo-American Protestant discourse after the late seventeenth century. ”109 Yale president and Federalist leader Timothy Dwight speaks of humans as “moral agents,” thus capable of fulfilling “the end, for which man was made, and for which he was redeemed .

83 Yet Taylor’s analysis suffers from an instructive irresolution. ” This “unsaid,” in other words, has been said: “Secular humanism . . has its roots in Judeo-Christian faith. . ”86 Taylor thus challenges the claim of secularization as a distinct moral project. ”89 These are, it is clear, flights from the obvious: alongside the conceits of secularism, and never secretly, AngloAmerican culture consistently enunciated its founding and moving convictions in the language of Protestant religiosity.

Addressing popular concerns, the Puritan The Early Puritan Insurgents and the Origins of Agency 41 insurgency gained support among the rising cohorts in London and the countryside, until Cambridge, parishes in London, and regions throughout England had become insurgent strongholds. 3 Recruitment depended on connecting with the public and persuading them to join the fellowship. 4 The broad reception of a new status by mobilized segments of the population fed rising expectations of mass personal transformations and messianic hopes for the social transformation of England.

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