The American Moralist: On Law, Ethics, And Government
by George Anastaplo
Ohio University Press, 1994
eISBN: 978-0-8214-4671-3 | Cloth: 978-0-8214-1001-1 | Paper: 978-0-8214-1079-0
Library of Congress Classification KF380.A57 1992
Dewey Decimal Classification 349.73


The essays collected here, somewhat autobiographical in their effect, range from a discussion of the despair of the Cold War and Vietnam in 1966 to reflections on the euphoria over the ending of the Cold War in Eastern Europe in 1990. The opening essays are general in nature: exploring the foundation and limitation of sound morality; examining what is “American” about American morality; measuring all by the yardsticks provided by classical and modern philosophers. Anastaplo’s overriding concern here is to show how one can be moral without being either cranky or moralistic. He then turns his attention to the issues of the day: the first amendment, religious liberty, women and the law, gun control, medicine, capital punishment, local politics, civil disobedience.

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