Aristocratic Souls in Democratic Times - Political Theory for Today (Hardback)Richard Avramenko (editor), Ethan Alexander-Davey (editor), Andrew Fear (author of contributions), Brian Sandberg (author of contributions), Jay Smith (author of contributions), Jerry Salyer (author of contributions), Jeffrey Church (author of contributions), Pedro Blas Gonzales (author of contributions), Geoffrey M. Vaughan (author of contributions), Ian Crowe (author of contributions)
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Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of pages: 350
Weight: 712 g
Dimensions: 232 x 164 x 31 mm
Democracy keeps us prejudiced against the possibility that aristocratic constitutions, in cities or souls, are worthy of esteem. This volume addresses that aristocratic deficit, with distinction. You'll be reminded what it's like to be oriented toward the noble and the beautiful, more concerned with souls than bodies, character than feelings, action than satisfactions. In theory, liberal democracy allows more people than ever to enjoy the freedoms and privileges of aristocrats; in practice, it seems determined to deprive everybody of them. At a time when the directions of democracy seem increasingly despotic, this volume is indispensable. -- Travis D. Smith, Concordia University, Montreal
Originally, political science was a practical science. This series, Political Theory for Today, builds on that understanding by examining perennially relevant problems and questions. This volume deals with aristocratic souls, the best souls, as distinct both from mere nobility of blood and from ordinary or equal souls (and bodies). The context is provided by democratic times and democratic regimes, our times, our regimes. The authors discuss the great texts from the Roman Empire to recent America with a view to understanding the place of aristocratic virtue in modern democracy (if there is one). Implicitly the authors raise the question as to whether there is any other kind of virtue. Even the most vulgar egalitarian will benefit by considering what he or she obviously lacks. This book will provide a splendid antidote to several strains of political correctness now besetting our universities. -- Barry Cooper, University of Calgary
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