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From the Publisher"Fred Alford has written a marvelous little book drawing out out a distinctive way of thinking anew about natural law. With admirable virtuosity and unfailing common sense, he weaves together a diverse group of sources: Melanie Klein's psychoanalysis, Thomist natural law, political theory, interview results, and Greek tragedy. The book manages to maintain a salutary sense of moral and spiritual seriousness, without ever descending into heavy-handed preaching. The reader comes away enlivened by a powerful engagement."
Stephen White, University of Virginia
"Our late-modern age brims over with evidence of evil - evidence too often sidelined. As Lance Morrow remarked, the children of "enlightenment" are often obtuse to the dangers of "endarkenment". How to account for the rampant upsurge of evil everywhere, and how to combat or contain this upsurge? Fred Alford, the renowned scholar of political psychology, here probes these questions with rigor and insight. As in his other writings, Alford uncovers unsuspected linkages or affinities and opens up exciting new vistas. Regarding the notion of "natural law", in particular, these affinities link together Saint Augustine, Jacques Maritain, and Melanie Klein. Viewed from that perspective, natural law means not an abstract doctrine, but the desire and need to heal injuries and to make reparations for the ravages of hatred and destruction."
Fred Dallmayr, University of Notre Dame
"Psychology and the Natural Law of Reparation seeks to invigorate the latent resonance of reparation and natural law contained within our culture and evident to us through our history. And for that reason alone, his arguments are worthy of our consideration." - James M. Hepburn, PsycCritiques