Cultural Pluralism and the American Idea: An Essay in Social Philosophy

Cultural Pluralism and the American Idea: An Essay in Social Philosophy

Cultural Pluralism and the American Idea: An Essay in Social Philosophy

Cultural Pluralism and the American Idea: An Essay in Social Philosophy

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In the spring of 1954, Professor Horace M. Kallen of the New School for Social Research was invited by the Albert M. Greenfield Center for Human Relations of the University of Pennsylvania to deliver two lectures on Cultural Pluralism. These lectures were planned as the basis for the present volume, which was also to include contributions by specialists in various disciplines who would comment critically on what Professor Kallen said. Then, in the concluding section, he would reply to these critics.

The lectures were revised by Professor Kallen and mimeographed. They were then sent to a group of scholars who had agreed to participate in the undertaking. Unfortunately, some of them found that the pressure of their duties did not enable them to meet the designated deadline. Several others were in such agreement with the author that they decided not to submit papers, because their comments would not add significantly to the volume. Two others wrote critical letters, which Professor Kallen has taken account of in his concluding statement. He has also added some footnotes.

This volume is the first in a series which the Albert M. Greenfield Center for Human Relations proposes to issue as its Studies in Human Relations . Its publication is made possible by a generous subvention of Mr. Albert M. Greenfield, whose interest and support has made the Center for Human Relations possible.

Martin P. Chworowsky Director . . .

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