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Lerner, Ralph

Overview
Works: 74 works in 252 publications in 2 languages and 9,125 library holdings
Genres: Sources  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Records and correspondence  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, zxx
Classifications: KF4502, 342.73023
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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 )

16 editions published between 1987 and 2001 in English and held by 1,836 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A comprehensive anthology of original historical documents relating to the legal and historical context of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights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 )

43 editions published between 1963 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The thinking revolutionary : principle and practice in the new republic by Ralph Lerner( Book )

10 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Averroes on Plato's Republic by Averroës( Book )

16 editions published between 1974 and 2005 in English and held by 815 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."--BOOK JACKET
Readings in American democracy by Gerald Stourzh( Book )

23 editions published between 1957 and 1966 in English and held by 602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

8 editions published between 1994 and 2009 in English and held by 431 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 )

8 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 362 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
Maimonides' Empire of Light : popular enlightenment in an age of belief by Ralph Lerner( Book )

8 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Much of the writing of and about the twelfth-century jurist, philosopher, and theologian Moses Maimonides is addressed to an elite audience of philosophers and intellectuals. Here, Ralph Lerner's exploration of Maimonides' popular writings reveals that the eduction of the common man was one of the great teacher's chief concerns." "A reference for students of political philosophy and Jewish studies, Lerner's book also brings to life the richness and relevance of medieval Jewish thought for all those interested in the Jewish tradition."--Jacket
The writings of Abraham Lincoln by Abraham Lincoln( Book )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 197 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
Enlightening revolutions : essays in honor of Ralph Lerner( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maimonides' Vorbilder menschlicher Vollkommenheit by Ralph Lerner( Book )

10 editions published in 1996 in German and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maimonides' Vorbilder menschlicher Vollkommenheit : Vortrag, gehalten in der Carl-Friedrich-von-Siemens-Stiftung am 6. Mai 1993 by Ralph Lerner( Book )

5 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in German and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Founders' Constitution( )

2 editions published between 1987 and 2001 in English and held by 40 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
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

On speaking in the language of the sons of man by Ralph Lerner( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Founders' Constitution( Book )

5 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Art law : the guide for collectors, investors, dealers, and artists by Ralph E Lerner( Book )

4 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The case of the impenetrable cloud : [the decision to drop the atomic bomb] by Robert A Goldwin( Book )

1 edition published in 1957 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Founders' Constitution( Book )

3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Enlightenment and secularism : essays on the mobilization of reason by Christopher Nadon( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Enlightenment and Secularism is a collection of twenty eight essays that seek to understand the connection between the European Enlightenment and the emergence of secular societies, as well as the character or nature of those societies. The contributors are drawn from a variety of disciplines including History, Sociology, Political Science, and Literature. Most of the essays focus on a single text from the Enlightenment, borrowing or secularizing the format of a sermon on a text, and are designed to be of particular use to those teaching and studying the history of the Enlightenment within a liberal arts curriculum
 
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Alternative Names
Lerner, Ralph

Languages
English (160)

German (15)

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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 timesMaimonides' Empire of Light : popular enlightenment in an age of beliefEnlightening revolutions : essays in honor of Ralph LernerArt law : the guide for collectors, investors, dealers, and artists