Rediscovery of America Essays by Harry V. Jaffa on the New Birth of Politics

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9781538122099
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2019
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Rediscovery of America Essays by Harry V. Jaffa on the New Birth of Politics

Innbundet / 2019 / Engelsk
Harry V. Jaffa (1918-2015), one of the profoundest political thinkers of his time, is known most prominently for his pathbreaking work on Abraham Lincoln. Jaffa, who taught for 50 years at the Claremont Colleges and was a Distinguished Fellow of the Claremont Institute, sought to produce a revolution in political philosophy by applying Strauss's controversial thinking about natural right, Scripture, and human greatness to American politics. In these 10 essays, beginning in the 1980s, Jaffa rediscovered the moral and intellectual complexity of statesmanship, in particular that of Lincoln and the American founders. The essays reveal the profundity of the Declaration of Independence, in observations both theoretical (e.g., Aristotle and Aquinas) and practical (e.g., campus radicalism). Jaffa takes aim at the interpretations of America made by some of Leo Strauss's students, chastising their imputation of radically liberal theorizing to the Declaration and their ignorance of the meaning of "all men are created equal." The Declaration's radicalism lies rather in its synthesis of ancient political philosophy and Scriptural authority on the good human life. Jaffa is particularly critical of Allan Bloom and, in previously unpublished essays, Irving Kristol and Harvey Mansfield for their errors about America. Jaffa's essays recover political philosophy in its political and philosophic dimensions so that it can be a continuing guide for our politics today.
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In these 10 essays, Harry Jaffa rediscovered the complexity of statesmanship, focusing on Lincoln and the American founders. Jaffa is particularly critical of Allan Bloom, Irving Kristol, and Harvey Mansfield for their errors about America, and recovers political philosophy in its political and philosophic dimensions.
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"Masugi and Erler's publication of selected mature essays of Harry V. Jaffa as the new Columbus rediscovering America is a critical addition to the opus of their teacher's life's work. This volume shows Jaffa as distinctively brilliant, trenchant, and tenacious - as always." -- Colleen A. Sheehan, Villanova University"By bringing together Harry Jaffa's later essays on the character of American politics, Erler and Masugi have done an enormous service to any student of Jaffa's thought and of America's founding vision. These essays make clearer than ever the new and powerful insight Jaffa brought to his 21st-century work on America-an insight from which our country can learn a great deal about itself." -- Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs"This collection of essays is a wonderful introduction to the incredible mind of Harry Jaffa on the American Founding." -- Richard M. Reinsch, editor of Law and Liberty"Much of Harry Jaffa's finest work is found in his occasional essays and reviews, which always connect an immediate controversy with the grand tradition of classical political philosophy. But in drawing from that great tradition, he was usually looking far ahead, showing great prescience about 'where we are, and wither we are tending.' Edward Erler and Ken Masugi have done an important service in collecting these late essays in one place." -- Steven F. Hayward, University of California, Berkely"Imagine a short course entitled "The Best of Harry Jaffa" and this is what it would look like! To be sure, his masterpiece monographs occupy a unique position in his philosophical reflections, but Erler and Masugi have captured those inflecting observations that serve to pin-point the value of his scholarship and teaching. The consummating reflection of 'America as the Best Regime' is nothing less than the recovery of regime possibilities as a fit subject for philosophic inquiry! An outsized contribution to that continuing conversation that links the giants of thought in serious moral purpose!" -- W. B. Allen, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Michigan State University"Harry V. Jaffa was the finest intellectual historian, and the most important political philosopher, of the American regime in the twentieth century. His resurrection of the political thought of Abraham Lincoln, made it possible subsequently, to extend his excavation to the original understanding of the American Founding. It revealed a common source of both in the political theory underlying the Declaration of Independence. Those two books, Crisis of the House Divided, and A New Birth of Freedom, made natural right intelligible intellectually and politically for the first time since Lincoln. This new book of essays, some unpublished, show the originality of his thought when brought to bear on contemporary politics." -- John Marini, University of Nevada, Reno"The Rediscovery of America prophetically explores corruption and degeneration in contemporary American culture, politics, and constitutionalism." -- Herman Belz, Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland
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Edward J. Erler is Professor of Political Science emeritus at California State University, San Bernardino, and is a senior fellow of The Claremont Institute. He is the author of The American Polity: Essays on the Theory and Practice of Constitutional Government, co-author of The Founders on Citizenship and Immigration, and has published numerous articles in law reviews and professional journals. Among his most recent articles are "The Decline and Fall of the Right to Property: Government as Universal Landlord;" and "The Second Amendment as a Reflection of First Principles;" he has also published several articles in the Encyclopedia of the American Constitution. Dr. Erler was a member of the California Advisory Commission on Civil Rights from 1988-2006 and served on the California Constitutional Revision Commission in 1996. He has testified before the House and Senate Judiciary Committee on birthright citizenship, voting rights and other civil rights issues. Ken Masugi is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Claremont Institute. He teaches graduate courses for Johns Hopkins University's Center for Advanced Studies in American Government in Washington, DC, and has held positions at a variety of universities and college programs, including a federal prison and Princeton University. He taught for three years at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he was John M. Olin Distinguished Visiting Professor. Masugi has also served in the federal government for ten years, as a special assistant and speechwriter to the heads of the Departments of Labor and Justice and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He is the co-author, co-editor, or editor of 10 books on American politics and author of over 100 articles and reviews on American politics, political philosophy, constitutional development, and films. Harry V. Jaffa (1918-2015) was a Distinguished Fellow of the Claremont Institute, and the author of numerous articles and books, including his widely acclaimed study of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, Crisis of the House Divided: An Interpretation of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates (University of Chicago Press, 1959). Dr. Jaffa was a Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College and the Claremont Graduate School. He received his B.A. from Yale in 1939, where he majored in English, and holds a Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research. His other books include Thomism and Aristotelianism (Greenwood Press, 1979); The Conditions of Freedom (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1975), How to Think About the American Revolution (Carolina Academic Press, 1978); American Conservatism and the American Founding (Carolina Academic Press, 1982); Original Intent and the Framers of the Constitution: A Disputed Question (Regnery Gateway, 1994); and A New Birth of Freedom: Abraham Lincoln and the Coming of the Civil War (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000). Professor Jaffa's last published work was Crisis of the Strauss Divided: Essays on Leo Strauss and Straussianism, East and West (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012).
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ISBN13
9781538122099
Publisert
2019
Utgiver
Vendor
Rowman & Littlefield
Aldersnivå
06, P
Språk
Product language
Engelsk
Format
Product format
Innbundet
Sider
352
Vekt
662 gr
Høyde
238 mm
Bredde
160 mm
Tykkelse
32 mm
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