Chapter

Threadbare Crape

John J. McDermott

in The Drama of Possibility

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780823226627
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235704 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823226627.003.0005

Series: American Philosophy

Threadbare Crape

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This chapter presents an essay on the American strand of hope. It attempts to answer the question whether America still has its long-standing, self-announcing confidence in its ability to meet and match its foes arising from without and within the commonwealth. It mentions the precipitous rise in acts of violence traceable to the increasing presence of estrangement and ontological frustration, and suggests that the issue cuts deeper and may presage America's having lost the capacity to rework and reconstitute the viability of a pluralistic and mosaic communal fabric which is simply quintessential if America is to survive as a nation.

Keywords: hope; America; estrangement; ontological frustration; pluralism

Chapter.  5451 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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