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Diggins, John P.

Works: 57 works in 316 publications in 5 languages and 17,688 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Records and correspondence  Diaries  Biographies 
Roles: Author, Other, Editor
Classifications: HN90.R3, B
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Most widely held works by John P Diggins
Ronald Reagan : fate, freedom, and the making of history by John P Diggins( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Following his departure from office, Ronald Reagan was marginalized thanks to liberal biases that dominate the teaching of American history, says John Patrick Diggins. Yet Reagan, like Lincoln (who was also attacked for decades after his death), deserves to be regarded as one of our three or four greatest presidents. Reagan was far more active a president and far more sophisticated than we ever knew. His negotiations with Mikhail Gorbachev and his opposition to foreign interventions demonstrate that he was not a rigid hawk. And in his pursuit of Emersonian ideals in his distrust of big government, he was the most open-minded libertarian president the country has ever had; combining a reverence for America's hallowed historical traditions with an implacable faith in the limitless opportunities of the future."--Publisher description
Mussolini and fascism : the view from America by John P Diggins( Book )

39 editions published between 1972 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bog om den italienske fascismes virkninger i USA
The lost soul of American politics : virtue, self-interest, and the foundations of liberalism by John P Diggins( Book )

23 editions published between 1984 and 1989 in English and German and held by 1,133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Adams by John P Diggins( Book )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 1,044 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profiles John Adams as an ideal successor to Washington, citing the qualities of his character and Federalist policies that enabled him to address the challenges that took place during his presidency
Up from communism : conservative odysseys in American intellectual history by John P Diggins( Book )

22 editions published between 1975 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 952 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The promise of pragmatism : modernism and the crisis of knowledge and authority by John P Diggins( Book )

13 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 941 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For much of our century, pragmatism has enjoyed a charmed life, holding the dominant point of view in American politics, law, education, and social thought in general. After suffering a brief eclipse in the post-World War II period, pragmatism has enjoyed a revival, especially in literary theory and such areas as poststructuralism and deconstruction. In this sweeping critique of pragmatism and neopragmatism, one of our leading intellectual historians traces the attempts of thinkers from William James to Richard Rorty to find a response to the crisis of modernism. John Patrick Diggins analyzes the limitations of pragmatism from a historical perspective and dares to ask whether America's one original contribution to the world of philosophy has actually fulfilled its promise. In the late nineteenth century, intellectuals felt themselves in the grips of a spiritual crisis. This confrontation with the "acids of modernity" eroded older faiths and led to a sense that life would continue in the awareness, of absences: knowledge without truth, power without authority, society without spirit, self without identity, politics without virtue, existence without purpose, history without meaning. In Europe, Friedrich Nietzsche and Max Weber faced a world in which God was "dead" and society was succumbing to structures of power and domination. In America, Henry Adams resigned from Harvard when he realized there were no truths to be taught and when he could only conclude: "Experience ceases to educate." To the American philosophers of pragmatism, it was experience that provided the basis on which new methods of knowing could replace older ideas of truth. Diggins examines how, in different ways, William James, Charles Peirce, John Dewey, George H. Mead, and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., demonstrated that modernism posed no obstacle in fields such as science, education, religion, law, politics, and diplomacy. Diggins also examines the work of the neopragmatists Jurgen Habermas and Richard Rorty and their attempt to resolve the crisis of postmodernism. Using one author to interrogate another, Diggins brilliantly allows the ideas to speak to our conditions as well as theirs. Did the older philosophers succeed in fulfilling the promises of pragmatism? Can the neopragmatists write their way out of what they have thought themselves into? And does America need philosophers to tell us that we do not need foundational truths when the Founders already told us that the Constitution would be a "machine" that would depend more upon the "counterpoise" of power than on the claims of knowledge? Diggins addresses these and other essential questions in this magisterial account of twentieth-century intellectual life. It should be read by everyone concerned about the roots of postmodernism (and its links to pragmatism) and about the forms of thought and action available for confronting a world after postmodernism
The rise and fall of the American left by John P Diggins( Book )

14 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 894 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American Left was born in America--not, as some would have it, in Europe or the Third World, and the American Left was nurtured by intellectuals and activists who read Jefferson and Whitman before they read Marx or Mao. One lesson this brilliant history teaches us is that the fury of radical innocence and wounded idealism so peculiar to American intellectual history springs from native soil. The American Left is not a single phenomenon but four surprising eruptions throughout the past century:. The Lyrical Left, of the First World War years. Sometimes known as "the New Intellectuals," its leaders, born and educated in the United States, were uniformly mindful of America's roots. The Old Left, as it came to be known, wrote its agenda driven by the legacy of World War I, the hopes that had sprung from the promise of socialism, and the clear failure of American capitalism so manifest in the Great Depression. The New Left of the 1960s combined a revolt against the banalities of middleclass life with civil rights fervor and, finally, protest against America's longest war, Vietnam. The result was one of the most unsettled and incoherent decades in American history. And now, much embattled by twelve years of Republican rule, we have the contemporary Academic Left building on unfirm ground, seeking on the one hand to question the traditional values of the West and on the other to embrace the causes of women and minorities long shut out of that tradition whose future may well depend upon Western values. The American Left is no dry-as-dust subject. Its leaders, men and women strong in rhetoric and actions, are among the most riveting personalities of our time--Max and Crystal Eastman, Emma Goldman, Walter Lippmann, Eugene Debs, Norman Thomas, Reinhold Niebuhr, Herbert Marcuse, Mario Savio, Eldridge Cleaver, Sidney Hook, Irving Howe. These lives, so skillfully interwoven into so important an American story, make this book the best available history of its subject
The American left in the twentieth century by John P Diggins( Book )

10 editions published in 1973 in English and Undetermined and held by 869 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On hallowed ground : Abraham Lincoln and the foundations of American history by John P Diggins( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 832 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Patrick Diggins offers a reassessment of American history, emphasizing the foundational role of Abraham Lincoln's moral and political theory. Distressed by the divisive impact of modern identity politics, Diggins argues persuasively that in the central tenets of Lincoln's political faith - the redeeming value of labor and the rights to property and self-determination - we find the purest expression of the values that have united Americans and guided American history."--Jacket
The bard of savagery : Thorstein Veblen and modern social theory by John P Diggins( Book )

18 editions published between 1978 and 2003 in English and Spanish and held by 789 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El ambiente y el hombre : Veblen y los Estados Unidos - La entrada de Veblen, "perturbador de la paz intelectural"--El científico social como un extraño - Teoría e historia : la economía y el dilema de la teoría del valor - Marx, Veblen y el enigma de la alineación - Cosificación, animismo, emulación : la hegemonía cultural del capitalismo - Veblen, Weber y el espíritu del capitalismo - Dentro de la ballena : el status bárbaro de las mujeres Las tribus de la universidad - Los Estado Unidos y el mundo - Discípulos y disidentes. El legado de Veblen al pensamiento y la acción social norteamericanos
Max Weber : politics and the spirit of tragedy by John P Diggins( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A look at the life and work of pioneering social scientist Max Weber. Diggins connects the critical moments of Weber's life--in particular, his experience of America--to his ideas on power, capitalism, bureaucracy, and science. He argues that Weber's emphasis on such topics as rapaciousness, hypocrisy, and deception illuminate the dilemmas of modern American politics
Eugene O'Neill's America : desire under democracy by John P Diggins( Book )

14 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 727 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compelling intellectual and cultural history of Eugene O'Neill's role in and contribution to American culture
The liberal persuasion : Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and the challenge of the American past by John P Diggins( Book )

13 editions published between 1997 and 2017 in English and held by 556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For more than half a century, the celebrated historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., has been the guiding force of American liberalism, both intellectually and in practice. The author of many critically acclaimed books, Schlesinger vigorously defended FDR's New Deal policies in his earliest writings and later served as a close advisor to President John F. Kennedy. In this volume, twenty of today's most eminent historians join forces to explore Schlesinger's unique brand of liberalism--one that has steered clear of ideological extremism and social fragmentation, favoring instead pluralism and the pragmatic use of state power. By engaging the reader in various aspects of his career and intellectual pursuits, these essays offer an exhilarating journey through American political history, from the Jackson era to multiculturalism, while demonstrating historical writing at its best. The volume opens with essays on Schlesinger as a historian and a political participant, contributed by William E. Leuchtenburg, Hugh Thomas, George Kennan, John Kenneth Galbraith, and John Morton Blum. The influence of the Jackson era is explored by Robert Remini, Sean Wilentz, and Jean V. Matthews. In a section on modern liberalism and governance, such topics as the New Deal, the Great Society, and the fate of liberalism under the Carter administration are discussed by Alan Brinkley, Kathleen D. McCarthy, Fred Siegel, Leo P. Ribuffo, and Richard C. Wade. Betty Miller Unterberger and Ronald Steel comment on liberalism and the Cold War. Louis Menand and Eugene D. Genovese explore ideological controversies within liberalism, including pragmatic liberalism and relativism and multiculturalism. In the final section, George Cotkin, Neil Jumonville, and Sir Isaiah Berlin write on three figures whom Schlesinger greatly admired: William James, Henry Steel Commager, and Edmund Wilson.Originally published in 1997.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
The Problem of authority in America by Calif Authority And The Crisis Of Legitimacy Conference 1980. Los Angeles( Book )

10 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why Niebuhr now? by John P Diggins( Book )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book the author tackles the complicated question of why, at a time of great uncertainty about America's proper role in the world, leading politicians and thinkers are turning to Niebuhr for answers. He begins by clearly and carefully working through Niebuhr's theology, which focuses less on God's presence than his absence--and the ways that absence abets the all-too-human sin of pride. He then shows how that theology informed Niebuhr's worldview, leading him to be at the same time a strong opponent of fascism and communism and a leading advocate for humility and caution in foreign policy
The portable John Adams by John Adams( Book )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In addition to being an uncompromising defender of liberty, esteemed diplomat, and successor to George Washington, John Adams was a passionate and prolific writer. Adams biographer John Patrick Diggins gathers a variety of his works in this original volume, including parts of his diary and autobiography, and selections from his correspondence with this wife, Abigail, Thomas Jefferson, and others. The Portable John Adams also features his most important political works: "A Dissertation on Canon and Feudal Law," "Thoughts on Government," "A Defense of Constitutions," "Novanglus," and "Discources in Davila.""--Jacket
Thorstein Veblen : theorist of the leisure class by John P Diggins( Book )

8 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher Description (unedited publisher data) Counter Fired by Stanford and the University of Chicago but recommended by his peers to the presidency of the American Economic Association, Thorstein Veblen remains a baffling figure in American intellectual history. In part because he was an eccentric who shunned publicity, he has also been one of our most neglected. Veblen is known to the general public only as coiner of the term "conspicuous consumption," and to scholars primarily as one of many social critics of the reform-minded Progressive Era. This important critical biography--originally published as The Bard of Savagery and now appearing in paperback for the first time--attempts both to unravel the riddles that surround his reputation and to assess his varied and important contributions to modern social theory
The Founding Fathers collection : the first four U.S. Presidents from the American Presidents series by Arthur M Schlesinger( Recording )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents biographies of the first four presidents of the United States, written by leading historians
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Alternative Names
Diggins, John P.

Diggins, John P. 1935-2009

Diggins, John P. (John Patrick), 1935-2009

Diggins, John Patrick.

Diggins, John Patrick 1935-

Diggins, John Patrick 1935-2009

John Patrick Diggins American historian

John Patrick Diggins Amerikaans historicus (1935-2009)

John Patrick Diggins historiador estadounidense

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디긴스, 존 P. 1935-2009

디긴스, 존 패트릭 1935-2009

디긴즈, 존 P. 1935-2009

디긴즈, 존 패트릭 1935-2009

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The lost soul of American politics : virtue, self-interest, and the foundations of liberalismJohn AdamsThe promise of pragmatism : modernism and the crisis of knowledge and authorityThe rise and fall of the American leftOn hallowed ground : Abraham Lincoln and the foundations of American historyThe bard of savagery : Thorstein Veblen and modern social theoryMax Weber : politics and the spirit of tragedyEugene O'Neill's America : desire under democracy