. His constitution café project is sparking a much-needed conversation about our founding document and forging common ground at a time when our country needs it most. He would be dismayed that it’s considered untouchable these days.
Socrates Cafe: A Fresh Taste of PhilosophyW. W. Norton & Company #ad - Like a johnny appleseed with a master's degree, libraries, phillips has gallivanted back and forth across America, elementary and high schools, day-care centers, assisted-living complexes, prisons, to cafés and coffee shops, and churches, senior centers, forming lasting communities of inquiry" Utne Reader.
Socrates Cafe: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy #ad - . Phillips not only presents the fundamentals of philosophical thought in this "charming, friendship, work, growing old, which come to reveal sometimes surprising, Philosophy for Dummies-type guide" USA Today; he also recalls what led him to start his itinerant program and re-creates some of the most invigorating sessions, often profound reflections on the meaning of love, and others among Life's Big Questions.
How to start your Own Socrates Café" guide included. A bracing, rollicking read about the spark that ignites when people start asking meaningful questions. O magazinechristopher phillips is a man on a mission: to revive the love of questions that Socrates inspired long ago in ancient Athens.
Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong And How We the People Can Correct ItOxford University Press #ad - Sunstein, the new republic"Everyone who cares about how our government works should read this thoughtful book. Washington Lawyer. Under the existing blueprint, we can neither rid ourselves of incompetent presidents nor assure continuity of government following catastrophic attacks. He accomplishes an unlikely feat, which is to make a really serious argument for a new constitutional convention, one that is founded squarely on democratic ideals.
Cass R. Less important, but certainly problematic, perhaps, is the appointment of Supreme Court judges for life. Levinson argues that too many of our Constitution's provisions promote either unjust or ineffective government. Adding insult to injury, the United States Constitution is the most difficult to amend or update of any constitution currently existing in the world today.
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Democratic debate leaves few stones unturned, but we tend to take our basic constitutional structures for granted.
For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil WarOxford University Press #ad - Gazing at bloody lane where, in 1862, he marveled, several Union assaults were brutally repulsed before they finally broke through, "You couldn't get American soldiers today to make an attack like that. Why did those men risk certain death, through countless bloody battles and four long, over and over again, America's preeminent Civil War historian, awful years ? Why did the conventional wisdom -- that soldiers become increasingly cynical and disillusioned as war progresses -- not hold true in the Civil War?It is to this question--why did they fight--that James McPherson, now turns his attention.
Wickham, commander of the famous 101st Airborne Division in the 1970s and subsequently Army Chief of Staff, once visited Antietam battlefield. And another soldier said simply, "I still love my country. Mcpherson draws on more than 25, 000 letters and nearly 250 private diaries from men on both sides. General John A.
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They fought to defend their country, either the Union--"the best Government ever made"--or the Confederate states, where their very homes and families were under siege. Soldiers on both sides harkened back to the Founding Fathers, and the ideals of the American Revolution.
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A washington post notable work of nonfictionThe image of a scorpion surrounded by a ring of fire, stinging itself to death, was widespread among antislavery leaders before the Civil War.
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The American Revolution: A History Modern Library Chronicles Series Book 9Modern Library #ad - How did this great revolution come about? What was its character? What were its consequences? These are the questions this short history seeks to answer. Ellis, author of founding brothers A magnificent account of the revolution in arms and consciousness that gave birth to the American republic. When abraham lincoln sought to define the significance of the United States, he naturally looked back to the American Revolution.
The revolution, in short, gave birth to whatever sense of nationhood and national purpose Americans have had. New york times bestseller“an elegant synthesis done by the leading scholar in the field, which nicely integrates the work on the American Revolution over the last three decades but never loses contact with the older, classic questions that we have been arguing about for over two hundred years.
The American Revolution: A History Modern Library Chronicles Series Book 9 #ad - Joseph J. That it succeeds in such a profound and enthralling way is a tribute to Gordon Wood’s mastery of his subject, and of the historian’s craft. But the history of the american revolution, like the history of the nation as a whole, ought not to be viewed simply as a story of right and wrong from which moral lessons are to be drawn.
No doubt the story is a dramatic one: thirteen insignificant colonies three thousand miles from the centers of Western civilization fought off British rule to become, sprawling, a huge, in fewer than three decades, rambunctious republic of nearly four million citizens. It is a complicated and at times ironic story that needs to be explained and understood, not blindly celebrated or condemned.
Lincoln saw as well that the revolution had convinced Americans that they were a special people with a special destiny to lead the world toward liberty.
A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American ConstitutionMariner Books #ad - But all the ideas, arguments, and compromises led to a great thing: a constitution and a government were born that have surpassed the founders' greatest hopes. So when a group of men traveled to philadelphia in the summer of 1787 to save a nation in danger of collapse, they had no great expectations for the meeting that would make history.
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Berkin transports the reader into the hearts and minds of the founders, exposing their fears and their limited expectations of success. We know--and love--the story of the American Revolution, from the Declaration of Independence to Cornwallis's defeat.
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How to Read the Constitution--and WhyHarper Paperbacks #ad - In compelling terms and including text from the united states constitution, she describes how the Constitution’s protections are eroding—not only in express terms but by virtue of the many legal and social norms that no longer shore up its legitimacy—and why every American needs to heed to this “red flag” moment in our democracy.
This invaluable—and timely—resource includes the constitution in its entirety and covers nearly every significant aspect of the text, the right to bear arms, to what it means to have individual rights—including free speech, from the powers of the President and how the three branches of government are designed to hold each other accountable, the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, and the right to an abortion.
How to Read the Constitution--and Why #ad - But do you fully understand what this valuable document means to you? In How to Read the Constitution--and Why, and most importantly, legal expert and educator Kimberly Wehle spells out in clear, simple, and common sense terms what is in the Constitution, what it means. A must-read for this era. Jake tapper, and perennially relevant handbook that lays out in common sense language how the United States Constitution works, urgent, CNN Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent An insightful, and how its protections are eroding before our eyes—essential reading for anyone who wants to understand and parse the constantly breaking news about the backbone of American government.
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Six Questions of Socrates: A Modern-Day Journey of Discovery through World PhilosophyW. W. Norton & Company #ad - Introducing us to less familiar thinkers in non-Western traditions who were kindred spirits of Socrates, Phillips enlarges our perspectives on life's fundamental questions, creating an innovative world survey of philosophy. Following in socrates's footsteps, christopher Phillips—"Johnny Appleseed with a master's degree" Utne Reader—investigates these same questions, beginning in the marketplace of modern-day Athens.
He goes on to investigate the timely responses and outlooks of people from different cultures and backgrounds around the world: from Greece and Spain to Japan and Korea, and Chiapas, Mexico City, where the region's indigenous people struggle for fundamental human rights. How people around the world grapple with the great questions posed by Socrates.
Six Questions of Socrates: A Modern-Day Journey of Discovery through World Philosophy #ad - What is virtue? what is moderation? what is justice? What is courage? What is good? What is piety? Socrates thought that understanding the perspectives of others on these six great questions would help him become a more excellent human being. Phillips also traveled throughout the United States, holding dialogues in diverse communities from New York City to the Navajo Nation.