America in Search of a Public Philosophy
By Michael J. Sandel
(Belknap Press, Hardcover, 9780674197442, 432pp.)
Publication Date: April 1996
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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In search of a public philosophy adequate to our time, Sandel ranges across the American political experience, recalling the arguments of Jefferson and Hamilton, Lincoln and Douglas, Holmes and Brandeis, FDR and Reagan. He relates epic debates over slavery and industrial capitalism to contemporary controversies over the welfare state, religion, abortion, gay rights, and hate speech. "Democracy's Discontent" provides a new interpretation of the American political and constitutional tradition that offers hope of rejuvenating our civic life.