Lee A. McBride III
College of Wooster
The American philosophical tradition is often portrayed as a genteel tradition that is committed to democracy and the incremental expansion of democracy through suasionist means. In an attempt to complicate this narrative, the author articulates the basic features of Leonard Harris’s insurrectionist ethics, then attempts to locate this insurrectionist ethics in the work of Henry D. Thoreau. It is argued that this insurrectionist ethos is a fecund addition to the American philosophical tradition and that insurrectionist character traits and modes of comportment offer appealing resources to those faced with oppression and hegemony.
Keywords Insurrectionist ethics  liberation  character traits  virtue  Leonard Harris  Henry David Thoreau  American philosophy
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