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The Drama of PossibilityExperience as Philosophy of Culture$
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John J. McDermott and Douglas R. Anderson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226627

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226627.001.0001

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Reflections on the American Strand

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The Drama of Possibility

John J. McDermott

Fordham University Press

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

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