Romantics at War: Glory and Guilt in the Age of Terrorism / Edition 1

Romantics at War: Glory and Guilt in the Age of Terrorism / Edition 1

by George P. Fletcher
     
 

"This is a first-rate book. Fletcher is doing what he does best—reformulating basic legal problems by putting them in a distinctive philosophical perspective. The book suggests that we are getting beyond the first stage of encounter with September 11 and to a second phase in which we struggle to integrate the tragedy into a deeper understanding of law and

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"This is a first-rate book. Fletcher is doing what he does best—reformulating basic legal problems by putting them in a distinctive philosophical perspective. The book suggests that we are getting beyond the first stage of encounter with September 11 and to a second phase in which we struggle to integrate the tragedy into a deeper understanding of law and morality."—Bruce Ackerman, Yale Law School

"Lawyers and foreign policy commentators are unlikely to see themselves as romantics. Contemporary issues of war and peace, terrorism and justice, justification and guilt surely require 'reasoned analysis' rather than the dissection of emotion. But our analysis too often falls short when contending with the potent mix of horror, grief, and patriotism that has fueled the U.S. response to September 11. George Fletcher has done us all a service, drawing out the contradictions between the dignity of individuals and the honor of nations in ways that cannot even be fully grasped without appreciating the intertwining of Enlightenment rationalism and nineteenth-century romanticism. Romantics at War should be read by all self-professed rationalists, as both intellectual inquiry and self-examination."—Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton University

"George Fletcher has written a deep and engaging meditation on a simple fact: that we live in political collectives and rarely act with full autonomy. With a lawyer's gift for expounding his cases, he gives us a wonderfully unlawyerly account, a philosophical investigation, of individual agency, responsibility, and guilt."—Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691006512
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/16/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.42(h) x 0.89(d)

Meet the Author

George P. Fletcher is Cardozo Professor of Jurisprudence at Columbia University. His books include "Loyalty: An Essay on the Morality of Relationships", "Our Secret Constitution: How Lincoln Redefined American Democracy", "With Justice for Some: Victims' Rights in Criminal Trials", and "A Crime of Self-Defense: Bernhard Goetz and the Law on Trial". He is a frequent commentator in the media on legal affairs.

Table of Contents


Preface ix

CHAPTER ONE: War's Appeal 1

CHAPTER TWO: Irreconcilable Conflicts 26

CHAPTER THREE: Collective Crime 44

CHAPTER FOUR: The Guilt of Nations 71

CHAPTER FIVE: Individuals at War 92

CHAPTER SIX: Guilty Relations 117

CHAPTER SEVEN: Romantic Perversions 139

CHAPTER EIGHT: Distributing Guilt 157

CHAPTER NINE: Shadows of the Past 179

CHAPTER TEN: Living with Guilt 196

Notes 215

Index 241

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