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Jane Addams's Evolutionary Theorizing: Constructing "Democracy and Social Ethics"

Marilyn Fischer


This book makes the case that the key to reconstructing Addams’s arguments in Democracy and Social Ethics is to approach them through the lens of late nineteenth century social evolutionary theorizing. Although Democracy and Social Ethics is now regarded as a founding text of classical American pragmatism, its evolutionary content has not been explored. This book demonstrates that in essays written during the 1890s and lightly revised for Democracy and Social Ethics Addams relies on evolutionary concepts and patterns of reasoning to develop a method of ethical deliberation with which to addres ... More

Keywords: Democracy and Social Ethics, evolution, pragmatism, individual ethics, social ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226631325
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226631462.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marilyn Fischer, author
University of Dayton