The Crisis of Modern Times
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The Crisis of Modern Times : Perspectives from the "Review of Politics", 1939-1962

Edited by A. James McAdams , Contributions by A. James McAdams , Contributions by Desmond Fitzgerald , Contributions by Jacques Maritain , Contributions by Carl J. Friedrich , Contributions by Denis De Rougemont , Contributions by John U. Nef , Contributions by Aron Gurwitsch , Contributions by Josef Pieper , Contributions by Leo Strauss

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In the 1940s and 1950s "The Review of Politics", under the dynamic leadership of Waldemar Gurian, emerged as one of the leading journals of political and social theory in the United States. This volume celebrates that legacy by bringing together classic essays by a remarkable group of American and European emigre intellectuals, among them Jacques Maritain, Hannah Arendt, Josef Pieper, Eric Voegelin, and Yves Simon. For these writers, the emergence of new dictatorial regimes in Germany and Russia and the looming threat of another, even more devastating, European war demanded that one rethink the reigning philosophical perspectives of the time. In their view, the western world had lost sight of its founding principles. Individually and collectively, they maintained that the West could be saved only if its leaders embraced the idea that society should be governed by moral standards and a commitment to human dignity. Since the first issue appeared in 1939, "The Review of Politics" has influenced generations of political theorists. To complement these essays A. James McAdams has written an introduction that discusses the history of the journal and reflects on the contributions of these influential figures. He underscores the continuing relevance of these essays in assessing contemporary issues.

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  • Hardback | 560 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 725.74g
  • 15 Oct 2007
  • University of Notre Dame Press
  • Notre Dame IN
  • English
  • Brief.
  • 0268035059
  • 9780268035051

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A. James McAdams is the William M. Scholl Professor of International Affairs and director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author and editor of a number of books, including Transitional Justice and the Rule of Law in New Democracies (University of Notre Dame Press, 1997).

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These essays from "The Review of Politics" have a common purpose: confronting the major political, cultural and other problems of Western nations. . . .The book s 22 articles, of which several were written by European emigres in the United States, are about their times the mid-twentieth-century decades not ours. Nevertheless, few are dated. One reason is that most deal not just with immediate concerns but with permanent questions. What, for example, constitutes a virtuous life and a just society, and how should politics be organized and conducted? "Political Studies Review""

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