Enlightening Revolutions Essays in Honor of Ralph Lerner

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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

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
The Medieval Renaissance
The Moral Status of Teaching and Writingp. 3
Averroes on Law and Political Well-Beingp. 23
Prudence, Imagination, and Determination of Law in Alfarabi and Maimonidesp. 31
Averroes, Dante and the Dawn of European Enlightenmentp. 57
The Modern Revolution
Law and Innovation in Machiavelli's Princep. 77
Resistance to Punishment: Controversies Old and Newp. 91
The Right to Life and Human Dignityp. 127
The Place of Philosophy in Modernity
Swift Sailingp. 145
Montesquieu's Prelude: An Interpretation of Book I of The Spirit of Lawsp. 161
Adam Smith on Natural Liberty and Moral Corruption: The Wisdon of Nature and Folly of Legislators?p. 191
Equality and Greatness in Tocqueville and America
Who Is Publius? The Debate Over the Constitution and the American Revolutionp. 221
Benjamin Franklin's Biblical Parable on Tolerationp. 229
Tocqueville as Politician: Revisiting the Revolution of 1789p. 235
Tocqueville's Understanding of "Conditions of Equality" and "Conditions of Inequality"p. 259
Democratic Greatness in the Foundingp. 281
Learning from Antiquity and the Thought of Leo Strauss
Justice Overruled: The Ambition of Xenophon's Cyrus the Greatp. 289
Plato and Relativismp. 309
Is There a Right to Live as We Please? (So Long as We Respect the Right of Others to Do the Same)p. 319
Two Nations Were in Her Womb: Contemporary Liberal Democracy and the Political Teaching of the Biblep. 335
Leo Strauss in His Lettersp. 355
How Strauss Became Straussp. 363
The Writings of Ralph Lernerp. 385
Indexp. 391
About the Contributorsp. 395
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