9780739109441

Enlightening Revolutions Essays in Honor of Ralph Lerner

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    9780739109441

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    0739109448

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-04-13
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
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Summary

The essays collected in this volume make a serious, enlightened contribution to the history of political philosophy. While offering striking new interpretations of crucial texts and events in the history of the West, they illuminate fundamental questions of politics, religion, and philosophy.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xi
I. The Medieval Renaissance
1. The Moral Status of Teaching and Writing
3(20)
Miriam Galston
2. Averroes on Law and Political Well-Being
23(8)
Charles E. Butterworth
3. Prudence, Imagination, and Determination of Law in Alfarabi and Maimonides
31(26)
Joshua Parens
4. Averroes, Dante and the Dawn of European Enlightenment
57(20)
Joel L. Kraemer
II. The Modern Revolution
5. Law and Innovation in Machiavelli's Prince
77(14)
Nathan Tarcov
6. Resistance to Punishment: Controversies Old and New
91(36)
Thomas S. Schrock
7. The Right to Life and Human Dignity
127(18)
Leon R. Kass
III. The Place of Philosophy in Modernity
8. Swift Sailing
145(16)
Ryan Patrick Hanley
9. Montesquieu's Prelude: An Interpretation of Book I of The Spirit of Laws
161(30)
Stuart D. Warner
10. Adam Smith on Natural Liberty and Moral Corruption: The Wisdom of Nature and Folly of Legislators?
191(30)
Lauren Brubaker
IV. Equality and Greatness in Tocqueville and America
11. Who Is Publius? The Debate Over the Constitution and the American Revolution
221(8)
Michael Zuckert
12. Benjamin Franklin's Biblical Parable on Toleration
229(6)
Laurence Berns
13. Tocqueville as Politician: Revisiting the Revolution of 1789
235(24)
Robert T. Gannett Jr.
14. Tocqueville's Understanding of "Conditions of Equality" and "Conditions of Inequality"
259(22)
Gerald Stourzh
15. Democratic Greatness in the Founding
281(8)
Harvey C. Mansfield
V. Learning from Antiquity and the Thought of Leo Strauss
16. Justice Overruled: The Ambition of Xenophon's Cyrus the Great
289(20)
Robert Faulkner
17. Plato and Relativism
309(10)
Christopher Bruell
18. Is There a Right to Live as We Please? (So Long as We Respect the Right of Others to Do the Same)
319(16)
David Bolotin
19. Two Nations Were in Her Womb: Contemporary Liberal Democracy and the Political Teaching of the Bible
335(20)
Hillel Fradkin
20. Leo Strauss in His Letters
355(8)
Werner J. Dannhauser
21. How Strauss Became Strauss
363(22)
Heinrich Meier
The Writings of Ralph Lerner 385(6)
Index 391(4)
About the Contributors 395

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