Reflections on War and Peace and the Constitution

Reflections on War and Peace and the Constitution

by George Anastaplo


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The attitudes and assumptions of different cultures and historical periods toward war and the maintenance of peace are reviewed by recalling authors who include Euripides, Sophocles, Plato, Cervantes, Shakespeare, Hobbes, and Zola. The challenges of war, peace, and national security for and by Americans are examined, and documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of 1787. The lives and thought of eminent Americans are also recalled (including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin Roosevelt), as well as the challenges posed by incidents such as the Dreyfus Affair and monstrosities such as the Second World War Holocaust. The Appendixes reinforce these inquiries by providing critical documents in American history and interviews with a Holocaust survivor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739193273
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 10/21/2014
Pages: 382
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

George Anastaplo (1925–2014) was lecturer in the liberal arts at the University of Chicago, professor of law at Loyola University of Chicago, and professor emeritus of political science and of philosophy at Dominican University.

Table of Contents

Part One
1.War & Peace in the Bible
2.Who Were the Greeks—and Why Do They Matter?
3.Sedition in Wartime: Thersites and the Trojan War
4.Justice and Nobility: The Problem of Antigone
5.War & Peace and Socratic Constitutionalism
6.On Law For and Among Peoples
7.On the Projection of Force to the Other Side of the World
8.Victory, Defeat, and National Morale
9.William Shakespeare and the Uncomfortable Facts of War
10.War & Peace and the Declaration of Independence
11.The War Power and the Constitution
12.The Organic Laws of the United States
13.On Deliberation and War
Part Two
1.The Separation of Powers
2.The Risks and Rewards of Civil War
3.The Dreyfus Affair and the War Power
4.The Great War—A Monumental Folly
5.Woodrow Wilson and His Fourteen Points
6.On the Defense of the Allied Policy for Bombing German Cities
7.The Presidency, Especially in Time of War
8.Congress, the President and the Constitution in Wartime
9.September Eleventh: On Diagnosing an Addiction
10.The Prospects and Perils of Homeland Security
11.Freedom of Speech in “Wartime”
12.Fearfulness and the Search for an Elusive “Security”
13. Philosophy and the Prospects at Death
A.The Declaration of Independence (1776)
B.The United States Constitution (1787)
C.The Amendments to the United States Constitution (1791–1992)
Introduction to Appendixes D, E, and F
D.Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
E.Are You Listening?
F.I Can’t Figure It Out to This Day

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