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On Moderation

Defending an Ancient Virtue in a Modern World

Harry Clor

Publication Year: 2008

Moderation suffers in today's culture of excesses. In resuscitating this discarded virtue, Harry Clor unveils the intrinsic power of moderation to influence and engage, from the public square to the deeply personal. A mature book from a senior scholar, On Moderation answers critics of this misunderstood value, demonstrating its continued relevance to human flourishing.

Published by: Baylor University Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. ix-x

It would be quite difficult to identify for appropriate recognition every contributor to my thoughts and rumination regarding a subject that has been on my mind for so many years. Here I acknowledge the most direct or substantial contributions. My colleague Fred Baumann analyzed early drafts with great care, ...

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pp. 1-6

We use the term “moderation” and its surrogates all the time in various contexts but not often very reflectively. These essays endeavor to focus on moderation as a concept in such a way as to promote reflectiveness about what it means and why we should care about it. The expression “moderation in all things, including moderation” attaches an ironic witticism ...

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1. Political Moderation: Balancing the Extremes

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pp. 7-46

Moderation is rarely perceived as an exciting subject. Indeed, an author who is excited by the idea, as I am, might be thought a bit eccentric. Yet the concept is of far-reaching import, and an argument on its behalf encounters very interesting dilemmas and faces the risk of platitudinous solutions. ...

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2. Personal Moderation: Taming the Excess

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pp. 47-82

The primary purpose of the aforegoing essay was to articulate a definition of moderation, especially as related to public affairs. As a definition it presents only an outline of the subject and its key elements: balance or proportionality, recognition of limits, some capacity for disinterestedness—and the type of character that sustains them. The secondary ...

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3. Philosophical Moderation: Tempering the Mind

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pp. 83-112

I have sought to test and justify the idea of moderation through confrontation and dialogue with several modern (and psychologically oriented) outlooks on the human condition—Nietzschean, Romantic, Freudian, progressive post-Freudian—which are remote from the philosophic origins of the idea and would seem to pose sizeable challenges to it. Though ...

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pp. 113-122

I do not suppose that this inquiry has resolved all questions. Here I will revisit, briefly, a few of the points I’ve been most interested in making—with a view to entertaining some critical questions you might still want to raise. Chapter 1 explored consequences of the important reality that “you ...


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pp. 123-140


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pp. 141-144

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pp. 145-146


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pp. 147-149

E-ISBN-13: 9781602582217
E-ISBN-10: 1602582211
Print-ISBN-13: 9781602581555
Print-ISBN-10: 160258155X

Page Count: 160
Publication Year: 2008

Edition: 1