Peter Lawler is Dana Professor of Government and former chair of the department of Government and International Studies at Berry College. He serves as executive editor of the journal Perspectives on Political Science, and has been chair of the politics and literature section of the American Political Science Association. He also served on the editorial board of the new bilingual critical edition of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals. He has written or edited fifteen books and over 200 articles and chapters in a wide variety of venues. He was the 2007 winner of the Weaver Prize in Scholarly Letters.\r\n\r\nLawler served on President Bush's Council on Bioethics from 2004 – 09. His most recent book, Modern and American Dignity, is available from ISI Books.\r\n\r\nFollow him on Twitter @peteralawler.
I have a new book out! It's Modern and American Dignity: Who We Are as Persons, and What That Means for our Future.
Here's a review/blurb:
Peter Lawler is today’s wisest guide through the conceptual thicket of dignity, virtue, and democracy in America. His usual wit and charm are on display in this new book, a tour of technology and tradition, faith and freedom. Lawler doesn’t flinch from the paradoxes of modernity and postmodernity. In fact, he relishes the hard questions—the sources of our anxiety and disorientation—and even though he doesn’t beguile us with easy answers, he doesn’t leave us wholly without hope. Peter Lawler is one cool customer, and Modern and American Dignity is Lawler at his best. –Adam Keiper, Editor, The New Atlantis
Here's a paragraph from the book:
Thinking realistically about personal virtue begins by correcting the autonomy freaks with the observation that persons or erotic or animated by love. That means that charity or carregiving is a higher virtue than justice, precisely because it's more personal. By neglecting--in the name of autonomy--thinking about or cherishing intentionally the social or relational dimensional of being personal, we'e actually made personal existence seem more contingent--or detached and ephemeral--than ever. But that's not say that persons have, or even could, become unreal; the very good news is that who we are continues to elude our efforts at rational control.
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