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Blau, Joseph L. (Joseph Leon) 1909-1986

Works: 58 works in 366 publications in 6 languages and 12,115 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Contributor, Other, Compiler, Redactor
Classifications: B851, 191
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Most widely held works about Joseph L Blau
Most widely held works by Joseph L Blau
Social theories of Jacksonian democracy : representative writings of the period 1825-1850 by Joseph L Blau( Book )

44 editions published between 1947 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Men and movements in American philosophy by Joseph L Blau( Book )

53 editions published between 1952 and 1977 in 4 languages and held by 1,308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cornerstones of religious freedom in America by Joseph L Blau( Book )

23 editions published between 1944 and 1965 in English and held by 1,171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modern varieties of Judaism by Joseph L Blau( Book )

15 editions published between 1964 and 1972 in English and held by 1,093 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Judaism in America : from curiosity to third faith by Joseph L Blau( Book )

14 editions published between 1975 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 1,045 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Jews of the United States, 1790-1840, a documentary history by Joseph L Blau( Book )

16 editions published between 1963 and 1969 in English and held by 1,024 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American philosophic addresses, 1700-1900 by Joseph L Blau( Book )

15 editions published between 1946 and 1947 in English and held by 954 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Jewish philosophy by Joseph L Blau( Book )

18 editions published between 1962 and 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 813 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Judaism, postbiblical and Talmudic period by Salo W Baron( Book )

11 editions published between 1954 and 1978 in English and held by 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Christian interpretation of the Cabala in the Renaissance by Joseph L Blau( Book )

27 editions published between 1914 and 1965 in English and held by 519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reform Judaism: a historical perspective; essays from the Yearbook of the Central Conference of American Rabbis by Joseph L Blau( Book )

10 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History, religion, and spiritual democracy : essays in honor of Joseph L. Blau( Book )

9 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on Jewish life and thought by Joseph L Blau( Book )

17 editions published in 1959 in English and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophie und Philosophen Amerikas : ein historischer Abriss by Joseph L Blau( Book )

3 editions published in 1957 in German and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson( Book )

7 editions published between 1948 and 1953 in English and Undetermined and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Penguin is republishing Emerson's classic work in an affordable, high quality edition, using the original text and artwork
Il pensiero politico nell'età di Jackson( Book )

2 editions published in 1961 in Italian and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filósofos y escuelas filosóficas en los Estados Unidos de America by Joseph L Blau( Book )

8 editions published between 1957 and 1967 in Spanish and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The elements of moral science by Francis Wayland( Book )

10 editions published in 1963 in 3 languages and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Francis Wayland's The Elements of Moral Science, first published in 1835, was one of the most widely used and influential American textbooks of the nineteenth century. Direct and simple in its presentation, the book was more a didactic manual than a philosophic discussion of ethical problems. But because of its success, and because it set the tone and form for so much educational writing that was to follow, this first important American textbook in moral philosophy is now of great value as a document in the history of education. The book grew naturally out of the lectures Wayland prepared for the senior course in moral philosophy he taught as President of Brown University beginning in 1827. Courses of this kind were common at the time. As an undergraduate at Union College, Wayland himself had taken one under President Eliphalet Nott, who was to become his lifelong supporter. Loosely organized, such courses gave the college president, most often interested in the training of character rather than in learning for its own sake, an opportunity to impress his personality and moral views on the seniors before turning them out in the world. Wayland's course at Brown, less rambling than many, was described by a former student as "one garden spot in the waste of the curriculum." In his lectures and, finally, in his book, Wayland stood in opposition to the utilitarian ethics of the eighteenth century which based moral judgments on the consequences of men's acts. He held instead that conscience was a faculty directing man's actions in accordance with moral law. Wayland developed this idea in the first part of his book, called "Theoretical Ethics." In the second part, "Practical Ethics," he established three working principles: the eternal validity of moral law as revealed in the Scriptures, the right of private judgment in accordance with Protestant tradition, and the Jeffersonian republican limitation of the powers of government. These he then applied to moral practice, vindicating and validating the desirable virtues of justice, veracity, chastity, and benevolence. One section of Wayland's otherwise inoffensive text turned out to be highly controversial. Under the heading "Personal Liberty" he discussed the question of slavery, coming at length to the conclusion that the duty of masters to slaves was to free them, while the duty of slaves to masters was to obey them and be faithful to them. In the climate of that time, his recommendation to leave action to the Christian conscience of the individual master was no more acceptable to the growing abolitionist sentiment of the North than to the defensive, proslavery feeling of the South. The Elements of Moral Science went on, nevertheless, to a long and popular life, going through several revisions (in which the slavery section was progressively altered) as well as translations, and selling 100,000 copies by the end of the century. Francis Wayland (1796-1865), Mr. Blau writes, stands as 'a central figure in the first great movement for reform of education in the United States." Ordained first as a minister, he served as President of Brown from 1827 to 1855, advocating a wider, more liberal, more practical curriculum at a time when courses of study were still tightly bound to the classics. In politics anti-expansionist, and a pacifist by conviction, he bitterly opposed the Mexican War and the admission of Texas. His opposition to slavery gradually increased until, on the outbreak of the Civil War, he could write, "Can it be doubted on which side God will declare himself?... The best place to meet a difficulty is just where God puts it. If we dodge it, it will come in a worse place..." This text reproduces the 1837 revision of The Elements of Moral Science. Minor variations from other editions are included as footnotes. Variant versions of longer passages are carried in full in appendices
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Social theories of Jacksonian democracy : representative writings of the period 1825-1850
Alternative Names
Blau, Joseph L.

Blau, Joseph L. 1909-1986

Blau, Joseph Leon.

Blau, Joseph Leon 1909-

Blau, Joseph Leon 1909-1986

Joseph Leon Blau American philosopher

Joseph Leon Blau Amerikaans filosoof (1909-1986)

Modern varieties of Judaism