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Philosophy of the United States (Paragon Issues in Philosophy): Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
     

Philosophy of the United States (Paragon Issues in Philosophy): Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

by Gordon Anderson
 

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The United States today stands in a position in the world similar to that of Rome at the height of its expansion. It was founded on principles which were admired by the whole world and has been a model for many nations since. However, the world has dramatically changed in ways the founding fathers could not anticipate, and the Constitution provides no guidance for

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The United States today stands in a position in the world similar to that of Rome at the height of its expansion. It was founded on principles which were admired by the whole world and has been a model for many nations since. However, the world has dramatically changed in ways the founding fathers could not anticipate, and the Constitution provides no guidance for many developments. There were no national corporations when the United States was founded. All three branches of government have sought to expand their power, and where it has been unchecked it has been abused. Selfish laws have been passed and pockets have been lined, undermining the legitimacy of the law at home. In world affairs the challenge is not so much a "clash of civilizations," as the arbitrary use of US power for self-interest more than the spread of ideals for which the United States has stood.

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"With unusual scope and clarity, Anderson explores key moments in the development of Western civilization and the distinctively American qualities it presently embodies. ...with penetrating insight and constructive criticism, the book charts a course that the United States is well advised to follow if it is to live out the best meanings of its creed." —John K. Roth, Edward J. Sexton Professor of Philosophy and Director, The Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights, Claremont McKenna College

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557788443
Publisher:
Paragon House Publishers
Publication date:
09/25/2004
Series:
Paragon Issues in Philosophy Series
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Kenneth R. Gray
Americans in general are lost in terms of where this country came from and what it is about. I was particularly interested in the sections on financial power and globalization which show that Americans have often viewed corporations naively, with critics underestimating their potential for good and supporters ignoring their potential for harm, and often misrepresenting the philosophy of Adam Smith. Anderson provides a non-partisan and balanced framework for understanding the issues the United States faces.
Associate Professor of International Management, Florida A&M University
Bryan Hilliard
Students, scholars, and lay readers will come away with a new understanding of historical parallels and of the relevance of considering the past for shaping our future. Given the events of September 11, 2001 and the political, economic, and military responses to those events by the government of the United States, I think this is a very important book.
Department of Philosophy, New England College and author of The United States Supreme Court and Medical Ethics
Buford Johnson
Philosophy of the United States provides a clear understanding of the legitimate use of political power. As a former military commander, political advisor, and professor of United States history, I am impressed with the way Anderson discusses our founding fathers’ understanding of human nature. This is important in developing a US foreign policy that provides genuine world leadership. It is imperative that contemporary Americans grapple with the issues he discusses. Any citizen who wants to vote with a broad view of the challenges we face should read this book. It is a call for action.
Col. (ret.), professor of political history and senior policy advisor to the Independence Party of Minnesota
Frederick Sontag
Gordon Anderson's book answers a newly recognized need to understand the role of the United States in the modern world. America must discover a new recognition of itself, as its old self-image disappears. Oceans are no longer enough to keep the world's violent problems from our doors. The world we live in today cries for a reassessment of our founding principles. The Philosophy of the United States does this.
Department of Philosophy, Pomona College, and author of The American Religious Experience: The Roots, Trends and Future of Theology
Patrick Hayden
Perhaps the most valuable features are the comparative analyses of Babylon, Rome and the United States, and the useful incorporation of many relevant historical details into its narrative...
Lecturer in Political Theory, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand
Nicholas N. Kittrie
Philosophy of the United States is a most timely call for the reassessment and streamlining of the workings of America's system of justice, which has been increasingly questioned and maligned in recent times. As former counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, a constitutional and criminal lawyer, and an advisor to the Haitian, Philippine, South African and several other constitutional drafters, I have found few concise analyses and explications of this country's legal and constitutional machinery to share with those seeking to draw inspiration from the United States experience. Anderson's book clearly presents and outlines the fundamental questions that must be addressed by any constitutional democracy in the twenty-first century. If democracy is not only to survive but is to flourish it is incumbent upon citizens of all nations to understand the issues which Anderson articulates and advances so very well.
University Professor, Washington College of Law and author, The Future of Peace in the Twenty-First Century

Meet the Author

GORDON ANDERSON is Secretary General of Professors World Peace Academy, and Editor of International Journal on World Peace. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion at the Claremont Graduate School. He is editor of The World Wide State of the Family and co-editor of Morality and Religion in Liberal Democratic Societies. He has published numerous articles on Religion and Society.

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