A Moral Enterprise

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Francis P. Canavan has been described by Gerard V. Bradley as "one of the great political theorists of the past thirty years," and Robert P. George has hailed him as our "most incisive and trenchant critic" of liberal judicial activism. In this collection of essays by colleagues, admirers, and former students of Father Canavan, the intellectual and moral foundations of democratic government are explored, especially in light of Canavan's Burke scholarship, his contributions to Catholic social thought, his critique...
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Overview

Francis P. Canavan has been described by Gerard V. Bradley as "one of the great political theorists of the past thirty years," and Robert P. George has hailed him as our "most incisive and trenchant critic" of liberal judicial activism. In this collection of essays by colleagues, admirers, and former students of Father Canavan, the intellectual and moral foundations of democratic government are explored, especially in light of Canavan's Burke scholarship, his contributions to Catholic social thought, his critique of the liberal intellectual tradition, and his analysis of the problems that confront a pluralistic society such as ours.


About the Author

Kenneth L. Grasso is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Project on American Constitutionalism at Southwest Texas State University. Robert P. Hunt is Professor of Political Science at Kean University.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781882926800
  • Publisher: ISI Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Pages: 425
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Achievement of Francis Canavan
Ch. I Edmund Burke and British Views of the American Revolution: A Conflict over Rights of Sovereignty 1
Ch. II Burke and Human Rights 17
Ch. III Edmund Burke on Tradition and Human Progress: Ordered Liberty and the Politics of Change 37
Ch. IV The Problematic Relation between Practical and Theoretical Virtue in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics 59
Ch. V The Evolution of Catholic Social Thought in the Last Two Centuries 83
Ch. VI Defending Authority in a Cynical Age 107
Ch. VII Questioning the New Natural Law Theory: The Case of Religious Liberty as Defended by Robert P. George in Making Men Moral 127
Ch. VIII Catholicism, Liberalism, and Religious Liberty 143
Ch. IX Church and State in Liberal America: Locke and Tocqueville Revisited 165
Ch. X Liberalism and Marriage: The Pluralist Game Revisited 185
Ch. XI Can Liberalism Cast Out Liberalism? 203
Ch. XII The Triumph of Will: Rights Mania, the Culture of Death, and the Crisis of Enlightenment Liberalism 221
Ch. XIII The False Prophets of American Conservatism 245
Ch. XIV Democracy, Ethics, Religion: An Intrinsic Connection 265
Ch. XV And Now for Something Different: A Good Word on Behalf of the Legal Positivists 275
Ch. XVI Judicial Activism and Regime Change 305
Ch. XVII On Merely Being Intelligent: Canavan's Views and Reviews 321
App A Francis Canavan Bibliography 339
Notes 347
About the Contributors 385
Index 389
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