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  • Review of Politics, Hollywood Style

    September 19, 2018

    Politics, Hollywood Style: American Politics in Film from Mr. Smith to Selma. John Heyrman. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2017.   John Heyrman’s Politics, Hollywood Style: American Politics in Film from Mr. Smith to Selma is a brilliant review of films dealing with American politics since the Great Depression.  Since…

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  • The Pursuit of Happiness and the American Regime

    September 18, 2018

    Understanding the American Pursuit of Happiness Happiness is now the serious study of human well-being. As the study of happiness becomes more serious and exact, happiness researchers become flush with optimism. They are optimistic that their findings will help individuals and policy makers make decisions that will contribute to…

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  • Review of The Pursuit of Happiness and the American Regime

    September 17, 2018

    The Pursuit of Happiness and the American Regime: Political Theory in Literature. Elizabeth Amato. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2018.   In a time marked by enormous economic inequality, upsurges in nationalism and racism, mounting environmental catastrophe, and political life tending toward factional conflict, it is tempting to conclude with…

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  • Gardening and Nobility in Tolkien

    September 16, 2018

    In his Letters, Tolkien often mentions working in his garden.  He was a keen plantsman: “I am in fact a Hobbit (in all but size).  I like gardens, trees, and unmechanized farmlands; I smoke a pipe, and like good plain food (unrefrigerated), but detest French cooking; I like, and…

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  • Civil Servants on the Silver Screen

    September 15, 2018

    The Intersection of Film and Government It is hard to know why a particular film and its initial viewing makes such an impression on us and it is unlikely that any of us start watching a movie because we think it is likely to have a tremendous effect on…

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  • Barry Cooper's Consciousness and Politics: 25% Off Until September 30!

    September 2, 2018

    Barry Cooper’s new book, Consciousness and Politics, is 25% off if you enter the code, APSA25, before September 30, 2018. The direct link to St. Augustine’s Press is here. Consciousness and Politics deals with some of the same texts discussed in two earlier books on Voegelin, Eric Voegelin and the…

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Politics, Hollywood Style: American Politics in Film from Mr. Smith to Selma. John Heyrman. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2017.
 
John Heyrman’s Politics, Hollywood Style: American Politics in Film from Mr. Smith to Selma is a brilliant review of films dealing with American politics since the Great Depression.  Since one can argue that almost every film ever made includes elements of power…

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Understanding the American Pursuit of Happiness
Happiness is now the serious study of human well-being. As the study of happiness becomes more serious and exact, happiness researchers become flush with optimism. They are optimistic that their findings will help individuals and policy makers make decisions that will contribute to happier results. For all of happiness’s gauzy connotations, happiness can be thoroughly…

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The Pursuit of Happiness and the American Regime: Political Theory in Literature. Elizabeth Amato. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2018.
 
In a time marked by enormous economic inequality, upsurges in nationalism and racism, mounting environmental catastrophe, and political life tending toward factional conflict, it is tempting to conclude with scholars like Patrick Deneen, that liberalism has, indeed, failed.[1] Such a failure of…

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In his Letters, Tolkien often mentions working in his garden.  He was a keen plantsman:
"I am in fact a Hobbit (in all but size).  I like gardens, trees, and unmechanized farmlands; I smoke a pipe, and like good plain food (unrefrigerated), but detest French cooking; I like, and even dare to wear in these dull days, ornamental waistcoats" (The Letters…

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Understanding Political Films
In choosing movies to include in this book, we had to start by asking what makes a film political. This seemingly simple question has caused considerable debate among those who have tried to answer it. One school of thought opts for a very narrow definition. Harry Keyishian's textbook includes films "about politicians and the political process in America"…

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Seeing through the Screen: Interpreting American Political Film. Bruce E. Altschuler. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 2018.
 
Bruce Altschuler is professor emeritus of Political Science at SUNY Oswego, where he specializes in American government. His efforts at interpreting American political films risks upsetting film studies professors, some of whom are leery of what they regard as intrusions by political scientists into their…

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The title of this study, Milton's Socratic Rationalism, identifies a distinct mode of deliberative inquiry that is by design, as I will argue, an objective in the plan of Paradise Lost. The poet became acquainted with this mode of discourse – as few[1] at present are – in the Socratic writings of Xenophon and Plato during an extended period of…

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Milton’s Socratic Rationalism: The Conversations of Adam and Eve in Paradise Lost. David Oliver Davies. Lanham, Lexington Books, 2017.
 
In a time where many literary critics think that the “author is dead,” or, if he is living at all, a mere function of his social context, David Oliver Davies’ new book, Milton’s Socratic Rationalism, is a breath of fresh air. Davies…

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