Commentary on the Constitution from Plato to Rousseau
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Commentary on the Constitution from Plato to Rousseau looks at 14 historical figures who-by their words and/or deeds-set the stage for political thought before the U.S. Constitution was written. Rather than a book about what the founders took from previous thinkers and political figures, this is a book that allows the reader to consider the U.S. Constitution while learning about people whose genius has transcended time, from Plato to Rousseau.show more

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  • Paperback | 380 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 15.24mm | 566.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0739174037
  • 9780739174036

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A rich discussion from the perspective of a variety of historical figures and traditions that sheds new light on the U.S. Constitution. -- Lawrence B. Goodheart, University of Connecticut, and author ofThe Solemn Sentence of Death: Capital Punishment in Connecticut In this unusual and intriguing book the author speculates about what some of the great political theorists of history would have thought about the American Constitution. Readers may not agree with all his judgments, but his approach is highly stimulating and suggestive, illuminating both the long tradition of political theory and the Constitution itself. -- James Hitchcock, St. Louis University By placing the U.S. Constitution in conversation with its intellectual ancestors, Stein has produced a volume of remarkable historical scope and relevance. Students and scholars alike will see the American political system-including matters of church and state, the limits of democracy, and minority rights-with fresh eyes after reading Stein's lively and engaging work. -- Matthew S. Hedstrom, University of Virginiashow more

About Joshua B. Stein

Joshua B. Stein is professor of history at Roger Williams University.show more

Table of contents

Introduction Chapter I: Plato on the United States Constitution Chapter II: Aristotle on the United States Constitution Chapter III: Cicero on the American Constitution Chapter IV: Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) on the U.S. Constitution Chapter V: Muhammad on the U.S. Constitution Chapter VI: Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II Von Hohenstaufen, Stupor Mundi Chapter VII: Dante Alighieri on the U.S. Constitution Chapter VIII: Niccolo Machiavelli on the U.S. Constitution Chapter IX: Sir Thomas More on the U.S. Constitution Chapter X: Desiderius Erasmus on the U.S. Constitution Chapter XI: Thomas Hobbes on the U.S. Constitution Chapter XII: John Locke on the U.S. Constitution Chapter XIII: Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu 1689-1755 Chapter XIV: Jean-Jacques Rousseau 1712-1778 Chapter XV: Conclusion Works Consultedshow more