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The Republic
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The Republic

By Plato (Translated Into English By B. Jowett, M.A.)

This book is in good condition. There is significant wear on the front, back, spine, and edges of the cover boards. The corners of the book are bumped, and there is a large ink stain on the back cover board. The previous owners name is written on the inside of the front cover board and there are markings on the front end page and the title page. The pages are yellowed and tanned. "The Republic is undoubtedly one of Plato's masterworks and one of the most influential and widely read books in the history of philosophy. It is also devilishly difficult to truly understand. There are any number of reasons for this, but one of them is the sheer breadth of topics and issues that Plato introduces over the course of the dialogue. Readers must make sense not only of those issues in their own right but they must also understand them in relation to the larger themes and arguments of the work. This is, to be sure, a daunting task, particularly for readers who are approaching the dialogue for the first time. In his book, Gerasimos Santas aims to help the reader better understand The Republic by focusing on its central argument -- that we are better off just than unjust. He does this, though, through a particular methodological lens. In his preface, Santas states that The Republic is "a book that is always contemporary," and this sentiment carries through in the focus and method of his book. Santas divides his attention between offering a text-based exegesis of Plato's arguments regarding justice and critically engaging in the text in a way that is highly informed by the works of other, more contemporary, thinkers. The result is a book that gives its readers some grounding in the basic threads of argument in The Republic while also encouraging and empowering them to engage the text and see the arguments as making philosophical claims that are still relevant and worthy of our consideration today. Indeed it is this last thing -- Santas's critical engagement with the text and emphasis on getting the reader involved in its debates and arguments -- that is the real strength of this book...." - Understanding Plato's Republic Reviewed by Michelle Jenkins, Whitman College

$25.86

Liberty Or Equality
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Liberty Or Equality

By Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

:This book is in good condition. There is minimal wear on the front and back cover boards and the spine. The lettering is beginning to fade on the spine There is also minimal wear on the edges and slight bumping on the corners. The previous owners signature is written on the inside of the front cover board. There are marking on the front end page. The pages are yellowed and tanning, but the binding is tight and solid. There is a map missing from the book between pages 208 and 209. "This book is an essay in the narrowest sense of the term - an effort to throw some light on certain phases and aspects of the century-old struggle between the principles of freedom and those of equality, between the ideologies of liberalism and of democracy (in their classic sense, of course). It is obvious that this study cannot be exhaustive; nevertheless, the subjects of our analysis have not been chosen at random, but have been selected for special reasons." - Chapter 1: Definitions And Basic Principles, Liberty Or Equality: The Challenge of our Time

$46.73

The Presidency of John Quincy Adams
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The Presidency of John Quincy Adams

By Mary W. M. Hargreaves

This book is in very good condition. The only problem is the previous owners name is stamped on the front end page and on page 303. Historians have not been generous in judging the presidency of John Quincy Adams. Those who have most conspicuously upheld Adamss fame have, at the same time, virtually ignored his service in the White House. Critics, on the other hand, have described his administration as a failure, founded upon bargain and corruption and marked by exclusion of the United States from the British West Indian trade, the ineffectiveness of its efforts to promote strong Pan-American relationships, and the enactment of the tariff of abominations. Some analysts have even argued that it generated the sectionalism which terminated the Era of Good Feelings. Mary Hargreaves contends, instead, that the basic effort of Adamss presidency was to harmonize divergent sectional interests. To ignore the Adams administrations commitment to nationalism, she argues, is to overlook a fundamental stage in the establishment of the federal government as guardian of the general interest. The volume contains new information on the development of United States commercial policy, the nations early relationships with Latin America, and difficulties of local and regional adjustment to the growth of the national economy. It will be of keen interest to all students of the economic and political history of the early national period.

$48.53