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Willis Salomon’s “Biography, Elegy, and the Politics of Modernity in Saul Bellow’s Ravelstein” was originally published in Lee Trepanier (Editor) A Political Companion to Saul Bellow (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2013). It appears here with the permission of the author, editor, and the University of Kentucky Press. For more details about this work, please visit: http://www.amazon.com/Political-Companion-Companions-American-Authors/dp/0813141850/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1415973835&sr=8-1&keywords=trepanier+bellow
 
Saul Bellow’s Ravelstein is…

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The communist ideology in China is in decline. The emperor, as the expression goes, has no clothes. Yet most liberal critiques of the present regime do not penetrate to  its spiritual essence, and fail to provide the philosophical foundation for a transitional politics and morality for the Chinese people. Meanwhile, so-called conservative thinkers, including Gan Yang[1], are blind to the…

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Mr. Xu Zhiyue or Daniel Hsu, an independent scholar and translator in Shanghai, died on November 2nd, 2014. He was 53. Mr. Hsu passed away just two weeks after undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer.
 
For more than a decade, Mr. Hsu has helped to introduce a great variety of European and American minds into the Chinese-speaking world. He called himself an…

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Over the years I have paid considerable attention to Irving Babbitt (1865-1933) in my teaching and writing. From time to time, students and others who have learnt something of Babbitt and who know the work of Eric Voegelin have asked me how it could be that Voegelin seems never to have commented on Babbitt. This American thinker did after all…

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Peter McNamara’s “Why Business Schools Exist: On the Intellectual Origins of Business Schools in Nineteenth Century France and America” was originally published in Lee Trepanier (Editor) The Free Market and the Human Condition: Essays on Economics and Culture (London: Lexington Books, 2014). It appears here with the permission of the author, editor, and Lexington Books. For more details about this…

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Each of the seven deadly vices, Pride, Wrath, Sloth, Greed, Lust, Envy and Gluttony, has had defenders. Wrath, or Rage is very chic. Even Sloth can get a pass if you rename it Spiritual Deadness. Add a good café and some Gauloises and you have modern continental philosophy.
 
Notice too, that five of these basic no-doubt-about-it sins have simple, one-syllable names.…

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Review of Pierre Manent, The Metamorpheses of the City: On the Western Dynamic, trans. Marc LePain (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013), vi + 376 pp. Hardcover, $39.95.
 
One of the most intriguing ways that the crisis in the Middle East has captured the attention of the West in recent years is that regional war, ethnic and sectarian strife, and governmental collapse…

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Review of Sophia Rosenfeld, Common Sense: A Political History (Harvard University Press, 2011), 368 pp. Hardcover, $29.95.
 
Sophia Rosenfeld’s Common Sense aims to show the crucial but heretofore little noticed role of appeals to “the people’s common sense” in the development of modern democracy and democratic populism.  The evolution from monarchism or from mixed government of the British type to modern…

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Daniel J. Mahoney’s The Other Solzhenitsyn is a much needed reappraisal of the Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s place as a writer, philosopher, and political thinker in the English-speaking world where he is caricatured as a Russian nationalist, religious zealot, and political authoritarian. In nine chapters, Mahoney portrays a different Solzhenitsyn than perceived in the West as someone who is a thoughtful patriot,…

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Richard Avramenko and Lee Trepanier (eds.), Dostoevsky's Political Thought (Plymouth: Lexington Books, 2013), 260 pp. Hardcover, $64.28 US.
Alain Besançon, Sainte Russie (Paris: Editions de Fallois, 2012), 160 pp. Paperback, €16.15.
 
Dostoevsky’s Political Thought is a collection of essays on the ideas inspired by, arguably, the greatest political minds among the nineteenth-century novelists. The volume is especially successful in depicting Dostoevsky’s criticism of…

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