"Luft’s conception of socialism is far distant from the socialism of the gulag and the secret police; it is a socialism that free people of good will could actually live with and flourish under, and it would certainly be a kinder, more just, and more inspiring social order than we have presently. This original and thoughtful, albeit problematic, contribution to the discussion of socialism is well worth the attention of serious readers. Recommended for high school, public, and academic libraries."
-- David S. Pena in Counterpoise, vol. 12, no. 3, Summer 2008, pp. 27-28.
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About the Author
Eric v.d. Luft earned his B.A. magna cum laude in philosophy and religion at Bowdoin College in 1974 and his Ph.D. in philosophy at Bryn Mawr College in 1985. From 1987 to 2006 he was Curator of Historical Collections at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He has taught at Villanova University, Syracuse University, Upstate Medical University, and the College of Saint Rose, and is listed in Who’s Who in America. Luft is the author, editor, or translator of over 600 publications in philosophy, religion, history, history of medicine, and nineteenth-century studies, including Hegel, Hinrichs, and Schleiermacher on Feeling and Reason in Religion: The Texts of Their 1821-22 Debate (1987); God, Evil, and Ethics: A Primer in the Philosophy of Religion (2004); A Socialist Manifesto (2007); Die at the Right Time: A Subjective Cultural History of the American Sixties (2009); and Ruminations: Selected Philosophical, Historical, and Ideological Papers (2010).