Developmental Politics

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART I: TOWARD A POLITICS OF CULTURE

Chapter 1. America’s Existential Dilemma
“Hyperpolarization is a cultural problem that requires a cultural solution”
Chapter 2. The Momentous Emergence of the Modernist Worldview
“The rise of modernity has created more cultural evolution than any worldview before or since”
Chapter 3. Tracing the Development of the Progressive Postmodern Worldview
“Progressive postmodern culture is both a blessing and a curse for Western civilization”
Chapter 4. Reaching Political Agreement Through Values Integration
“Quelling our cultural conflict entails expanding the scope of what Americans can value”

PART II: TOWARD A NEW POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY OF PURPOSE AND PROGRESS

Chapter 5. Evolving Our Understanding of the Good
“We need an improved definition of improvement itself”
Chapter 6. Harnessing the Energy of Value
“Revivifying our collective vision of transcendence can lead to our political renewal”
Chapter 7. Cultivating Cultural Evolution Through a New American Dream
“Our transcendent purpose is to evolve culture and consciousness”
Chapter 8. A Renaissance of Virtue
“The practice of virtues can become a politically unifying force in American culture”
Chapter 9. A Transcendent Vision of Progress
“Developmental politics seeks to rehabilitate America’s collective belief in progress”
Appendix A: On the Ontological Status of Worldviews
Appendix B: An Exercise for Practicing Virtues: Creating a Personal Portrait of the Good
Endnotes