The Forum and the Tower: How Scholars and Politicians Have Imagined the World, from Plato to…

Hardcover | July 15, 2011

byMary Ann Glendon

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The Forum and the Tower tackles a fascinating and perennial topic: the relationship between the academy and the world of politics. For all the talk about the remoteness of ivory tower ideas from 'the real world,' it is the case that ideas do in fact have consequences. In recent US history,the careers of Henry Kissinger and Daniel Patrick Moynihan illustrate how ideas drive politics. Oftentimes the translations of ideas into action results in severe distortions of their original meaning, but the relationship between ideas and revolutionary political and social change is a constant. The accomplished Harvard law professor Mary Ann Glendon traces this crucial relationship from Greek times, taking readers through the Roman Empire, Renaissance Italy, the English revolution, the Federalist era in the US, the French Revolution, the Napoleonic wars, the Concert of Europe, theprogressive era, and the New Deal/World War II era. Her aim is to utilize history to show how intellectuals and politicians can work productively. That has in fact happened in recent times: the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights was the product of a team of philosophers and politicaltheorists working alongside Eleanor Roosevelt. That declaration has had a lasting and positive effect on world politics, revolutionizing the terms of the discussion and setting new benchmarks for states to follow. She closes with a consideration of intellectuals in American politics in more recenttimes.

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The Forum and the Tower tackles a fascinating and perennial topic: the relationship between the academy and the world of politics. For all the talk about the remoteness of ivory tower ideas from 'the real world,' it is the case that ideas do in fact have consequences. In recent US history,the careers of Henry Kissinger and Daniel Pat...

Mary Ann Glendon is Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and is a former United States Ambassador to the Vatican. Her books include Rights Talk: The Impoverishment of Political Discourse, A Nation Under Lawyers, and A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroduction1. Plato in the Real City2. Marcus Tullius Cicero: Politics in a Dying Republic3. Justinian, Tribonian, and Irnerius: How Statesmen and Scholars Rescued Roman Law (Twice)4. Advising the Prince: The Enigma of Machiavelli5. The Scholar vs. The Statesman: Thomas Hobbes and Sir Edward Coke6. John Locke: The Don Heard Round the World7. Rousseau: Political Philosophy without Politics8. Edmund Burke: Man on a Tightrope9. Tocqueville the Politician10. Max Weber: Scholarship and Politics in the Disenchanted World11. Oliver Wendell Holmes: The Tradition-Haunted Iconoclast12. The First Lady and the Philosopher: Eleanor Roosevelt, Charles Malik, and the Human Rights Project