Title: LIBERTY OF CONSCIENCE: IN DEFENSE OF ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Basic Books, 2008
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 406 pages. Published in 2008. The author's account on subject. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Martha Nussbaum's "Liberty of Conscience". Her eloquent account on religious equality. An absorbing, thoughtful, and brilliant history of the religion clauses of the First Amendment, Martha Nussbaum "makes a strong, thorough-going case for America as a haven of religious liberty for believers of all faiths. Beginning with an illuminating rehabilitation of Rhode Island Founder Roger Williams as America's earliest defender of religious equality, Nussbaum continues by examining how Williams' ideals have been both upheld and abandoned throughout the nation's history. Nussbaum comments at length on how these fairly general, vague clauses have been fleshed out by more than two centuries of case law. Refreshingly, Nussbaum does not add to the acrimonious cacophony around the idea of separation of Church and State. Rather than pushing for strict separation, she argues for what philosopher John Rawls calls overlapping consensus, which echoes Williams' belief that citizens who differ greatly on matters of ultimate meaning can still agree to respect each other's liberty of conscience" (Publishers Weekly). As always, Nussbaum writes beautifully. Her critiques of the opinions written by Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, two of the book's arch-nemeses, are sharp, but unlike most virulent attacks on the two Justices, she does not go berserk. Nussbaum painstakingly demonstrates the inherent and deeply flawed contradictions between their "originalist" interpretation of the Constitution and the dangers of making America a "Christian Nation" instead of the unique congregation of various religious beliefs it has always been. An absolute "must-have" title for Martha Nussbaum collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Martha Nussbaum. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the greatest philosophers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARTHA NUSSBAUM TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0465051642. Bookseller Inventory # 13162
Synopsis: In one of the great triumphs of the colonial and Revolutionary periods, the founders of the future United States overcame religious intolerance in favor of a constitutional order dedicated to fair treatment for people's deeply held conscientious beliefs. It granted equal liberty of conscience to all and took a firm stand against religious establishment. This respect for religious difference, acclaimed scholar Martha Nussbaum writes, formed our democracy. Yet today there are signs that this legacy is misunderstood. The prominence of a particular type of Christianity in our public life suggests the unequal worth of citizens who hold different religious beliefs, or no beliefs. Other people, meanwhile, seek to curtail the influence of religion in public life in a way that is itself unbalanced and unfair. Such partisan efforts, Nussbaum argues, violate the spirit of our Constitution. Liberty of Conscience is a historical and conceptual study of the American tradition of religious freedom. Weaving together political history, philosophical ideas, and key constitutional cases, this is a rich chronicle of an ideal of equality that has always been central to our history but is now in serious danger.
About the Author: Martha C. Nussbaum holds appointments in the Philosophy Department, Law School, and Divinity School at the University of Chicago. She is the author of thirteen previous books. Her Cultivating Humanity won the 2002 Grawemeyer Award for Education. She holds thirty honorary degrees from universities around the world. She lives in Chicago and Cambridge.
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