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On Liberty, Society, & Politics: The Essential Essays of William Graham Sumner

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This is the finest single-volume edition of Sumner's works ever to appear.

—Ronald Lora, University of Toledo

William Graham Sumner is the "forgotten man" of American intellectual history. Too often dismissed or only superficially understood, his interpretations are now attracting closer scrutiny and appreciation. He is remembered chiefly as one of the founding fathers of sociology. He was also a strong supporter of classical liberalism during a time when liberalism was being transformed into a belief in statism.

Sumner's analysis of the relation between the individual and society is deeper and more sophisticated than is commonly thought. For students of American history and politics, the essays reveal the complexity of American political and social thought. For observers of the contemporary social scene, they raise issues concerning the relation of liberty to property and both to government that remain as vital and unresolved as they were a century ago.

Robert C. Bannister is Scheuer Professor of History at Swarthmore College.

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William Graham Sumner is the "forgotten man" of American intellectual history. Too often dismissed or only superficially understood, his interpretations are now attracting closer scrutiny and appreciation. He is remembered chiefly as one of the founding fathers of sociology. He was also a strong supporter of classical liberalism during a time when liberalism was being transformed into a belief in statism.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. xxxix-xlii) and index.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Editor’s Note xxxvii

Bibliographical Essay xxxix I / Preacher 3

1. Individualism [1871] 5

2. Tradition and Progress [1872] 16

3. Solidarity of the Human Race [1873] 26 II / Educational Reformer 37

4. The “Ways and Means” for Our Colleges [1870] 39

5. What Our Boys Are Reading [1878] 46

6. Our Colleges before the Country [1884] 54

7. Discipline [1880 or 1889] 67 III / Polemicist 79

8. Republican Government [1877] 81

9. Presidential Elections and Civil-Service Reform [1881] 93

10. The Argument against Protective Taxes [1881] 110

11. The Philosophy of Strikes [1883] 127

12. The Family Monopoly [1888] 133

13. Democracy and Plutocracy [1888–1889] 137

14. The Concentration of Wealth: Its Economic Justification [1902] 149 IV / Social Theorist 157

15. Socialism [1880s] 159

16. Sociology [1881] 183

17. The Forgotten Man [1883] 201

18. The Survival of the Fittest [1884] 223

19. Laissez-Faire [1886] 227

20. The State as an “Ethical Person” [1887] 234

21. Liberty [1887–1889] 237

22. The Absurd Effort to Make the World Over [1894] 251 V / Anti-Imperialist 263

23. The Fallacy of Territorial Expansion [1896] 265

24. The Conquest of the United States by Spain [1898] 272

25. War [1903] 298 VI / Sociologist 323

26. Purposes and Consequences [ca. 1900–1906] 325

27. The Scientific Attitude of Mind [1905] 331

28. Mores and Statistics [ca. 1900–1906] 340

29. Science and Mores [ca. 1900–1906] 343

30. On Mores and Progress [ca. 1900–1906] 347

31. Folkways [1906] 357 VII / Prophet 373

32. The Bequests of the Nineteenth Century to the Twentieth [1901] 375

33. The Mores of the Present and the Future [1909] 393 Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780865971011
Author:
Sumner, William Graham
Publisher:
Liberty Fund
Editor:
Bannister, Robert C.
Location:
Indianapolis :
Subject:
Social sciences
Subject:
General Law
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
19920631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
466
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in
Age Level:
17-UP

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