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Lerner, Ralph

Works: 76 works in 307 publications in 2 languages and 11,010 library holdings
Genres: Sources  Reference works  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor
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Most widely held works about Ralph Lerner
Most widely held works by Ralph Lerner
The Founders' Constitution by Philip B Kurland( Book )

19 editions published between 1987 and 2001 in English and held by 1,802 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comprehensive anthology of original historical documents relating to the legal and historical context of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights
Medieval political philosophy : a sourcebook by Ralph Lerner( Book )

55 editions published between 1963 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Averroes on Plato's Republic by Averroës( Book )

20 editions published between 1974 and 2014 in English and held by 831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A primary source in medieval political philosophy is presented here in a fully annotated translation of Averroes's discussion of the Republic. Averroes' book played a major role in both the transmission and the adaptation of the Platonic tradition in the West. In a closely argued critical introduction, Ralph Lerner paddresses several of the most important problems raised by the work."--Jacket
The thinking revolutionary : principle and practice in the new republic by Ralph Lerner( Book )

12 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 828 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revolutions revisited : two faces of the politics of enlightenment by Ralph Lerner( Book )

13 editions published between 1994 and 2009 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What happens after the revolution? In this elegant extended essay, Ralph Lerner explores how suchs enlightened revolutionaries as Franklin, Lincoln, and Tocqueville met the challenge of translating a revolution into lasting political and social change. Eighteenth-century revolutionaries in America and Europe, Lerner argues, found that a revolution aimed at liberating bodies and minds had somehow to be explained and defended. His analysis, anchored in the speeches and writings of profound thinkers who were also prominent and skilled practitioners of politics, broadens and deepens the conventional understanding of the Enlightenment. According to Lerner, revolutionaries in America and Europe brought different degrees of awareness and political savvy to their tasks and reaped highly distinctive results. Lerner first investigates how the makers of revolution sought to improve their public's aspirations and chances. He pays particular attention to Benjamin Franklin, to the tone and substance of revolutionaries' appeals on both sides of the Atlantic, and to the preoccupations of first- and second-generation enlighteners among the Americans. He then unfolds the art by which later political actors, confronting the profound political, constitutional, and social divisions of their own day, drew upon and reworked their national revolutionary heritage. Lerner's examination of the speeches and writings of Edmund Burke, Abraham Lincoln, and Alexis de Tocqueville shows them to be masters of a political rhetoric once closely analyzed by Plato and his medieval student al-Farabi but now nearly forgotten. Theirs might be said to be enlightenment's other face
Playing the fool : subversive laughter in troubled times by Ralph Lerner( Book )

12 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The role of the fool is to provoke the powerful to question their convictions, preferably while avoiding a beating. Fools accomplish this not by hectoring their audience, but by broaching sensitive topics indirectly, often disguising their message in a joke or a tale. Writers and thinkers throughout history have adopted the fool's approach, and here Ralph Lerner turns to six of them - Thomas More, Francis Bacon, Robert Burton, Pierre Bayle, Benjamin Franklin, and Edward Gibbon - to elucidate the strategies these men employed to persuade the heedless, the zealous, and the overly confident to pause and reconsider." "As Playing the Fool makes plain, all these men lived through periods marked by fanaticism, particularly with regard to religion and its relation to the state. In such dangerous times, advocating on behalf of skepticism and against tyranny could easily lead to censure, or even, as in More's case, execution. And so, Lerner reveals, these serious thinkers relied on humor to move their readers toward a more reasoned understanding of the world and our place in it."--Jacket
The writings of Abraham Lincoln by Abraham Lincoln( Book )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abraham Lincoln never wrote a book: his ideas are contained in speeches, letters, and various occasional writings. By bringing these works together into a single anthology, this book shows that Lincoln deserves to be counted among the great political philosophers. In addition to many examples of Lincolnʹs writings, this volume includes four interpretive essays that will provide an intellectual feast for any reader exploring his complex legacy. Danilo Petranovich looks at Lincolnʹs conception of the Union and its radically new focus on purging the nation of the problem of slavery. Ralph Lerner reconsiders Lincolnʹs relation to the American framers and in particular his effort to put the Declaration of Independence on a new foundation. Benjamin Kleinerman examines Lincolnʹs always controversial views on the scope of executive power during war. And Steven Smith considers the place of religion in Lincolnʹs political thought through a close reading of his Second Inaugural Address
Maimonides' Vorbilder menschlicher Vollkommenheit by Ralph Lerner( Book )

16 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in German and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Enlightening revolutions : essays in honor of Ralph Lerner( Book )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Naïve readings : reveilles political and philosophic by Ralph Lerner( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One sure fact of humanity is that we all cherish our opinions and will often strongly resist efforts by others to change them. Philosophers and politicians have long understood this, and whenever they have sought to get us to think differently they have often resorted to forms of camouflage that slip their unsettling thoughts into our psyche without raising alarm. In this fascinating examination of a range of writers and thinkers, Ralph Lerner offers a new method of reading that detects this camouflage and offers a way toward deeper understandings of some of history's most important messages
On speaking in the language of the sons of man by Ralph Lerner( Book )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Readings in American foreign policy by American Foundation for Continuing Education( Book )

2 editions published in 1957 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The founders' Constitution( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The University of Chicago Press and the Liberty Fund present the online edition of "The Founders' Constitution," a reference source on United States legal documents. The resource contains materials dating from the early 17 century to 1830. The materials are arranged first by themes, then by article, section, and clause of the U.S. Constitution
Art law : the guide for collectors, investors, dealers, and artists by Ralph E Lerner( Book )

3 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Revolutions revisited : two faces of the politics of enlightenment
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Lerner, Ralph

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Medieval political philosophy : a sourcebookAverroes on Plato's RepublicRevolutions revisited : two faces of the politics of enlightenmentPlaying the fool : subversive laughter in troubled timesEnlightening revolutions : essays in honor of Ralph LernerArt law : the guide for collectors, investors, dealers, and artists