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The Narrow Passage

Plato, Foucault, and the Possibility of Political Philosophy

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Hardcover / 96 pages
ISBN: 9781641773430
AVAILABLE: 7/18/2023

The Narrow Passage
Plato, Foucault, and the Possibility of Political Philosophy

Americans seem to be more divided today than at any time since the Civil War. Our differences are not merely moral and political, but philosophical, and even spiritual. Americans hardly seem to experience the same reality anymore, preferring to self-select into media perception chambers whose projections vary according to political persuasion.

Something has gone terribly wrong in the American political community. We have entered an era wherein the federal government’s democratically elected officers are powerless in comparison to their unelected, bureaucratic counterparts. The old balance of power, laid out in the Constitution, has been replaced by an entirely new structure.

The American regime has become post-constitutional. But what is this post-constitutional arrangement? How does it operate? Who is in charge? Can it be overcome? What role will the Constitution play in the nation’s future?

Glenn Ellmers—senior fellow with the Claremont Institute, prolific analyst of current affairs, and scholar of political philosophy—provides answers to these and other questions, as he explores the deepest roots of our political turmoil, illustrating the connections between government bureaucracy, the misuse of science, and the leftwing ideology that controls so much of our public and private life.

About the Author

GLENN ELLMERS holds a PhD in politics from Claremont Graduate University, where he studied with Harry Jaffa. He is a visiting research fellow with Hillsdale College and a senior fellow with the Claremont Institute.

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