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

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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...

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Overview

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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What People Are Saying

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
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
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
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
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
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557788443
  • Publisher: Paragon House Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/25/2004
  • Series: Paragon Issues in Philosophy Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Introduction: 1158 b.c., 410 a.d., and September 11, 2001

Part I: A Tale of Two Empires
1. The Rise of Empires on a Foundation of Justice
2. Maintaining the Empires of Babylon and Rome
3. Thoughts After the Roman Empire: Love, Power and Justice

Part II: The American Experiment
4. God, Religion and the State
5. The Formation of the United States

Part III: Unplanned Developments
6. Checks and Balances on Political Power
7. Regulating Financial Power
8. Universal Education
9. Social Welfare
10. The United States and the World

Conclusion
Appendices
Selected Bibliography
Index
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