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From Athens to America : Virtues and the Formulation of Public Policy - Lewis D. Solomon

From Athens to America

Virtues and the Formulation of Public Policy

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From Athens to America calls for the reversal of the withdrawal of the character-forming function from the political domain, arguing for public sector_federal, state, and local_involvement in character formation. Solomon focuses on four specific virtues to serve as a guide to public policy formation: self-esteem, joy and optimism, equanimity, and personal responsibility. He calls for the public sector to move beyond the efforts of families, faith communities, and civic organizations, and take a vital role in fostering character development and promoting these virtues. Combining political science with philosophy, the Judeo-Christian tradition, and medical research, this book illustrates how we formulate public policies that enable people to grow and develop into healthy humans, what each of us is fully capable of becoming.

Preface and Dedicationp. vi
Introductionp. 1
Aristotle: Virtues and The Social Orderp. 9
Abraham Maslow: Humanistic Psychology, Transpersonal Psychology, and Human Naturep. 17
The Judeo-Christian Tradition and Selected Virtuesp. 31
Public Policies to Enhance Self-Esteem by Lessening Social Pathologiesp. 45
Public Policies to Promote Joy and Optimism by Funding Mental Health Services and Parenting Educationp. 73
Public Policies to Encourage Equanimity by Reducing Stressp. 107
Public Policies to Heighten Personal Responsibility by Promoting Marriage and Discouraging Divorcep. 137
Conclusion: Neuropharmacology and Its Impact on Virtues and the Formulation of Public Policyp. 181
Selected Bibliographyp. 193
Indexp. 195
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ISBN: 9780739115961
ISBN-10: 0739115960
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 202
Published: 1st October 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 15.19  x 1.37
Weight (kg): 0.32