The Common Sense of Politics

The Common Sense of Politics

by Mortimer J. Adler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0823216675

ISBN-13: 9780823216673

Pub. Date: 01/01/1996

Publisher: Fordham University Press


The first edition of The Common Sense of Politics described itself as a just in time tonic for those of us who have given up on common sense as well as on politics and can no longer see the connection between the two.One has only to scan the pages of this 1996 edition to recognize that this book is just as appropriate and important, if not more. With the…  See more details below

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The first edition of The Common Sense of Politics described itself as a just in time tonic for those of us who have given up on common sense as well as on politics and can no longer see the connection between the two.One has only to scan the pages of this 1996 edition to recognize that this book is just as appropriate and important, if not more. With the development of a European Community, the upcoming American presidential election, and in light of the recent celebration of the U.N.'s 50th anniversary, it is crucial that we, as citizens of the world, approach politics with common sense and a universal desire to improve our institutions toward managing and administering to a greater mankind. This book, built upon universal principles of a politics of common sense and for the purpose of restoring faith in the reform and improvement of our institutions, is the way toward perfect society and toward the bettering of the condition of man on earth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823216673
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1996
Edition description:
1
Pages:
265
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the 1996 Edition
Preface
Pt. 1Ethics, Politics, and History
1Introduction: Common Sense and Politics3
2The Good Life and the Good Society18
3The Political Animal30
4The Historical Enlargment of Our Vision of the Possible41
5Three Great Revolutions That Have Increased Our Political Wisdom50
Pt. 2The New Confrontation: Political Wisdom and Anti-Political Folly
6The Necessity of Government67
7Concerning the Goodness of the State83
8The Anti-Political Philosophers94
Pt. 3The New Ideal: Classlessness
9The Injustices to Which Government Is Prone107
10The Maximization, Through Justice, of Liberty and Equality for All122
11Political Liberty and Equality: the Answer to Oligarchs, Conservatives, and Reluctant Democrats131
12Economic Equality and Welfare: Democracy and Socialism145
13The Classless Establishment and the World Community156
Pt. 4The Goal of Progress and the End of Revolution
14Three Needed Developments: Prescriptions, Not Predictions169
15The Control of Technology173
16World Government179
17The Education of Mankind190
18Change, Revolution, and Progress195
19Our Limited Vision of the Possible200
Notes207
References253
Index of Proper Names263

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