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On Trial : From Adam & Eve to O. J. Simpson - George Anastaplo

On Trial

From Adam & Eve to O. J. Simpson

Paperback Published: 1st August 2004
ISBN: 9780739107805
Number Of Pages: 520

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On Trial is an exegesis on legal reason, moral judgment, political life, and the events that give them meaning. Beginning with the serpent in the Garden of Eden and ending with O. J. Simpson, esteemed thinker George Anastaplo offers students, scholars, and informed readers an exploration of justice and the rule of law through well-known trials ancient and modern, real and fictional. Anastaplo starts with an interrogation of the good common sense on which most of us draw to make successful judgments. He examines the nurturing of this faculty against rationality, moral obligation, and the contingencies of history and culture. Using classic literary sources as well as real trial histories, On Trial puts legal and moral reason squarely beneath the critical lens.

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On Trial is a delight to read, at once surprising, challenging, and entertaining. The book reveals its true treasures to the reader who begins to ask, "Who or what is on trial here? Is it O.J.? Or Shylock? Or God?" Anastaplo's interrogation of the witnesses is as profound as it is playful and enchanting.--Chris Colmo

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
From Adam and Eve to Faustusp. 5
Adam, Eve, and the Serpentp. 5
Lucifer and Faustusp. 21
Clytemnestra, Electra, and Orestesp. 41
The Choruses in Aeschylus' Oresteiap. 41
The Character of a Matricidep. 48
The Hunting of Orestesp. 52
Queries About the Oresteiap. 61
Jonah and the Ninevitesp. 71
Oedipus, Creon, and Antigonep. 83
Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannosp. 83
Sophocles' Antigonep. 97
Anouihl's Antigonep. 100
Abraham and Kierkegaardp. 111
Socrates of Athensp. 135
Plato's Menop. 135
Xenophon's Apology of Socratesp. 140
Jesus of Nazarethp. 155
The Gospel of Matthewp. 155
The Gospel of Markp. 172
Joan of Arcp. 205
Shylock and Shakespearep. 231
Thomas More, the King, and the Popep. 253
John P. Altgeld and the Haymarketersp. 283
Notorious Defendants in Our Timep. 297
Hermann Wilhelm Goering et al.p. 297
Julius Rosenberg, Ethel Rosenberg, and Morton Sobellp. 313
The Communist Party of the United Statesp. 327
David T. Dellinger et al.p. 329
Richard M. Nixon et al.p. 336
From Spiro T. Agnew to O. J. Simpsonp. 381
Conclusionp. 403
In re George Anastaplop. 407
Subversion, Then and Now (1987)p. 411
On Representing Oneself (2001)p. 423
Chance and the Good Life (2001)p. 433
Why Did You Do It? (2003)p. 457
Indexp. 469
About the Authorp. 499
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ISBN: 9780739107805
ISBN-10: 0739107801
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 520
Published: 1st August 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.66 x 15.39  x 3.79
Weight (kg): 0.76