Christopher McKnight Nichols is the AHA member in the “spotlight” this week at the AHA blog. You can read a great short interview with Chris at the site. As many of you know, Chris was on the 2013 S-USIH annual […]
The fifth annual S-USIH conference is this week in Irvine, California at the University of California campus. The highlights of the conference include a keynote address from UC-Berkeley intellectual historian David Hollinger entitled: “Christianity and Its American Fate: Where History […]
On October 11, 2013, the New York Historical Society will celebrate the centennial of the original Armory Show with an exhibition of more than ninety masterworks from the 1913 exhibition, including the European avant-garde, icons of American art, and earlier […]
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The post below is from Christopher Shannon and is part of an ongoing exchange between Shannon and Michael Kramer. This exchange began with a guest post from Kramer based on his essay published in the print journal, The Point Magazine. Kramer’s original guest post, entitled “Reflections on Christopher Lasch’s Reflections,” looked at Lasch’s somewhat neglected “middle years” and built a bridge between the two books most people probably know, The New Radicalism and The Culture of Narcissism. If you take a look at this first post, please take the time to read the exchange that took place in the comments section–a feature of this blog that consistently impresses me.
Kramer’s reflections struck Christendom College historian Christopher Shannon as another expression of academia letting liberalism off the hook. Shannon contributed his own guest post entitled, “Stuck in the Middle with Lasch,” in which he took issue with Kramer’s characterization of Lasch’s views, offering a critique of Kramer’s critique of Lasch. For Shannon, Lasch’s later books brought a much needed pluralism to the debate over issues that shaped American society. Taking issue with what he saw as Kramer’s declension narrative, Shannon’s post clearly welcomed further discussion.
Kramer obliged with another excellent post, this time parsing out and expanding upon the idea of liberation in post-1970s America. Kramer approaches the term “liberation” with some scholarly heft, having written a very well-conceived and received book entitled, Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture (Oxford, 2013). Kramer’s second post in this exchange is entitled, “Liberation Struggles.” With this post, Kramer more fully engaged Shannon’s own project to produce a devastating critique of liberalism, something he has been wrestling with since his first book, Conspicuous Criticism: Tradition, the Individual, and Culture in Modern American Social Thought (1996, revised 2007). Kramer’s long post invited Shannon to respond with the post below. Enjoy!