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The Presence of the Past: Essays on the State and the Constitution

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Journal of Politics
The enlightenment so generously supplied by Wolin reveals a grim view of the American Republic in the wake of its Bicentennial celebrations... Clearly this is a very important book, and I recommend it most highly.
American Political Science Review.
In this book, our foremost theorist of the political moves beyond his classical work to a critique of the state... For Wolin, the past must live through a memory of past injustices and the experience of political action. He quotes Richard Hooker to the effect that five hundred years of acts are ours. In defending the value of political experience, Wolin stays true to his distinctive ground.
American Political Science Review.

In this book, our foremost theorist of the political moves beyond his classical work to a critique of the state... For Wolin, the past must live through a memory of past injustices and the experience of political action. He quotes Richard Hooker to the effect that five hundred years of acts are ours. In defending the value of political experience, Wolin stays true to his distinctive ground.

Journal of Politics

The enlightenment so generously supplied by Wolin reveals a grim view of the American Republic in the wake of its Bicentennial celebrations... Clearly this is a very important book, and I recommend it most highly.

Booknews
The author, a biochemist, challenges fundamental assumptions of science by presenting a theory (in non-technical terms, although the lay person must be motivated to follow his philosophical elaborations) that nature itself has memory. Explores the relationship between the US Constitution and present day politics. Argues that bicentennialism obscures the contradictions between the state and democracy. Examines the constitution from different perspectives that reveal antidemocratic strains in it. Topics range from 15th century political philosophy to recent government scandals. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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