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The Simple Life: Plain Living and High…

The Simple Life: Plain Living and High Thinking in American Culture (original 1985; edition 2007)

by David Shi (Author)

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Title:The Simple Life: Plain Living and High Thinking in American Culture
Authors:David Shi (Author)
Info:University of Georgia Press (2007), 344 pages
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The Simple Life: Plain Living and High Thinking in American Culture by David E. Shi (Author) (1985)


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A scholarly, well balanced and readable analysis of the historical struggle between materialism and post-materialism in American culture. The trouble is that the post-materialism so often regresses. ( )
  bkinetic | Oct 17, 2010 |
Best treatise on voluntary simplicity and materialism. This terrific historian is president of Furman University. (Biography Link Here)
  W212 | Mar 8, 2007 |
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In 1920 the Spanish-born Harvard philosopher George Santayana observed that the American had always been "an idealist working on matter."
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From Thomas Jefferson to Lewis Mumford, from Henry David Thoreau to the hippies of the 1960s, advocates of the simple life have formed a diverse tradition in America's cultural history. Here, for the first time, David Shi presents an intriguing and comprehensive study of the many different ways in which Americans have pursued the elusive ideal of plain living and high thinking.
Beginning with the colonial period and the Puritan and Quaker ethic of hard work, temperate living and spiritual devotion, Shi ends with a discussion of Jimmy Carter's and Ronald Reagan's contrasting views of what constitutes the good life. In between we encounter a compelling cast of characters, including Jonathan Edwards, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Scott and Helen Nearing.
In treating the simple life both as a sentimental ideal and as a guide for individual conduct, Shi reveals the intellectual and cultural life of this country and illuminates the persistent desire of select individuals and groups to elevate American life above the material and the mundane.

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