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In the 1940s and 1950s The Review of Politics, under the dynamic leadership of Waldemar Gurian, emerged as one of the leading journals of political and social theory in the United States. This volume celebrates that legacy by bringing together classic essays by a remarkable group of American and European émigré intellectuals, among them Jacques Maritain, Hannah Arendt, Josef Pieper, Eric Voegelin, and Yves Simon. For these writers, the emergence of new dictatorial regimes in Germany and Russia and the looming threat of another, even more devastating, European war demanded that one rethink the reigning philosophical perspectives of the time. In their view, the western world had lost sight of its founding principles. Individually and collectively, they maintained that the West could be saved only if its leaders embraced the idea that society should be governed by moral standards and a commitment to human dignity. Since the first issue appeared in 1939, The Review of Politics has influenced generations of political theorists. To complement these essays A. James McAdams has written an introduction that discusses the history of the journal and reflects on the contributions of these influential figures. He underscores the continuing relevance of these essays in assessing contemporary issues.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Introduction: The Origins of The Review of Politics
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. 1 "Integral Humanism and the Crisis of Modern Times” (1939)
  2. pp. 29-43
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  1. 2 "Problems Facing Catholic Rulers” (1939)
  2. pp. 44-54
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  1. 3 "The Deification of the State” (1939)
  2. pp. 55-66
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  1. 4 “Passion and the Origin of Hitlerism” (1941)
  2. pp. 67-82
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  1. 5 “The Immortality of Man” (1941)
  2. pp. 83-97
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  1. 6 “The End of Machiavellianism” (1942)
  2. pp. 98-127
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  1. 7 “Philosophical Values and the Future of Civilization” (1943)
  2. pp. 128-145
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  1. 8 “On Contemporary Nihilism” (1945)
  2. pp. 146-173
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  1. 9 “The Person and the Common Good” (1946)
  2. pp. 174-208
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  1. 10 “Architecture and Western Civilization” (1946)
  2. pp. 209-237
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  1. 11 “On the Christian Idea of Man” (1949)
  2. pp. 238-251
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  1. 12 "Natural Right and the Historical Approach” (1950)
  2. pp. 252-271
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  1. 13 “The Origins of Totalitarianism” (1953)
  2. pp. 272-288
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  1. 14 “Social Justice and Mass Culture” (1954)
  2. pp. 289-301
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  1. 15 “On War and Peace” (1954)
  2. pp. 302-311
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  1. 16 “The Catholic Publicist” (1955)
  2. pp. 312-324
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  1. 17 “Authority in the Twentieth Century” (1956)
  2. pp. 325-338
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  1. 18 “What St. Thomas Means Today” (1958)
  2. pp. 339-355
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  1. 19 “The Thinker in the Church: The Spirit of Newman” (1959)
  2. pp. 356-373
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  1. 20 “Human Estrangement and the Failure of Political Imagination” (1959)
  2. pp. 374-393
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  1. 21 “Common Good and Common Action” (1960)
  2. pp. 394-429
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  1. 22 “Is the Intellectual Life an End in Itself ?” (1962)
  2. pp. 430-444
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780268086763
Related ISBN
9780268035051
MARC Record
OCLC
608426554
Pages
472
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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