Faith, Reason, and Political Life Today

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  • Copyright: 2001-03-21
  • Publisher: Lexington Books

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This rich and varied collection of essays addresses some of the most fundamental human questions through the lenses of philosophy, literature, religion, politics, and theology. Peter Augustine Lawler and Dale McConkey have fashioned an interdisciplinary consideration of such perennial and enduring issues as the relationship between nature and history, nature and grace, reason and revelation, classical philosophy and Christianity, modernity and postmodernity, repentance and self-limitation, and philosophy and politics. These tensions are explored through the works of such eminent thinkers as Aristotle, Augustine, and Tocqueville, but the contributors engage a wide variety of texts from popular culture, American literature--Flannery O'Connor receives notable attention--and social theory to create a remarkably comprehensive, if far from harmonious, introduction to political philosphy today.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction ix
Peter Augustine Lawler
Autonomy and Community in Aristotle
Michelle E. Brady
Shakespeare in the Original Klingon: Star Trek and the End of History
Paul A. Cantor
On Spiritual Crisis, Globalization, and Planetary Rule
Tom Darby
Stoics and Christians: Walker Percy and Flannery O' Connor on the Moral Contradictions of Southern Culture
Gregory R. Johnson
Leo Strauss, America, and the End of History
Joseph M. Knippenberg
End of History 2000
Peter Augustine Lawler
The Ascent from Modernity: Solzhenitsyn on ``Repentance and Self-Limitation in the Life of Nations''
Daniel J. Mahoney
Trevanian's Shibumi: The Perfect Postmodern Tale
James F. Pontuso
Aristoteles Revivus: Pierre Manent's Reflections on ``The Contemporary Political World''
Paul Seaton
A Postmodern Augustinian Recovery of Political Judgment
Ashley Woodiwiss
Tocqueville, Girard, and the Mystique of Anti-Modernism
Stephen L. Gardner
Christianity's Epicurean Temptation
Marc D. Guerra
Flannery O' Connor's Teaching on the Nature of Evil in ``The Lame Shall Enter First''
Henry T. Edmondson III
Captain Kirk and the Art of Rule
Diana J. Schaub
Index 273(8)
About the Contributors 281

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