Lee Trepanier

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Lee Trepanier is a Professor of Political Science, Department Chair, and University Pre-Law Advisor at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. He is author and editor of several books and also is the editor of VoegelinView (2016-present) and editor of Lexington Books series Politics, Literature, and Film (2013-present).

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In the preface to The Quest for Community, Robert Nisbet explained the theme of his work: “I have chosen to deal with the political cause of the manifold alienation that lies behind the contemporary quest for community.” (QC, vii) Although economic, religious, and cultural factors played a role in modern man’s alienation, the role of the state was preeminent in…

The Essential College Professor: A Practical Guide to an Academic Career. Jeffrey L. Buller. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010.
 
When one enters academia as a professor, what are the roles, responsibilities, and expectation of that person? How does one make sense and navigate the multiple and sometimes conflicting demands of academia? And how can one succeed without having to reinvent the wheel?…

The Faculty Factor: Reassessing the American Academy in a Turbulent Era. Martin J. Finkelstein, Valerie Martin Conley, Jack H. Schuster. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2016.
 
Since World War II, American universities have been perceived as the global leader in higher education with federal government support and the rise of faculty influence in university governance. But since the turn of this…

A New History of the Humanities: The Search for Principles and Patterns from Antiquity to the Present. Rens Bod. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
 
A New History of the Humanities traces the origins and evolution of the disciplines of linguistics, historiography, philology, music, art theory, logic, rhetoric, and poetics from antiquity to today. The common thread among these disciplines and through…

Teacher Education and the Pursuit of Wisdom: A Practical Guide for Education Philosophy Courses. Sean Steel. New York: Peter Lang, 2018.
 
Teacher Education and the Pursuit of Wisdom is a wonderful book to be read and an essential book to have for teachers of philosophy. Instead of adopting the latest trends in education, like flipping the classroom or active learning, Steel…

A Good Look at Evil. Abigail L. Rosenthal. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 1987.
 
Pulitzer Prize-nominated, Abigail Rosenthal’s A Good Look at Evil is an exploration of the philosophical problem evil from a literary perspective: What is evil? How can we recognize it? And how can we resist it? After reviewing the philosophical and psychological literature on the question of evil,…

Thinking in Public: Strauss, Levinas, and Arendt. Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016.
 
Thinking in Public examines what constitutes the public intellectual and the public role of philosophy by comparing three seminal figures of twentieth-century philosophy: Leo Strauss, Emmanuel Levinas, and Hannah Arendt. Each was a German-Jewish émigré and each was a student of Martin Heidegger, who had…

Public Things: Democracy in Disrepair. Bonnie Honig. New York: Fordham University Press, 2017.
 
Public Things examines how public practices, space, and objects can form a collective identity in an age of privatization and deregulation. Although she does not define public things, Honig gives examples like public universities, prisons, national parks, roads, the military, government, electrical and power sources, libraries, and radio…

The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution. Ganesh Sitaraman. New York: Knopf, 2017.
 
“The number one threat to American constitutional government today is the collapse of the middle class” opens The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution. According to Sitaraman, the erosion of the middle class directly threatens the assumption of the United States Constitution of relative economic equality in society. The founders…

America, Aristotle, and the Politics of a Middle Class. Leslie G. Rubin. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2081.
 
Today the middle class in the United States is threatened, with its decline and diminishment exacerbating political conflict at home and schizophrenic policies abroad. The result is that America appears to be in trouble with political polarization, economic stagnation, and government dysfunction. For…