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

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Lexington Books, 2004 - History - 499 pages
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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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Contents

From Adam and Eve to Faustus
5
1 B LUCIFER AND FAUSTUS
21
Clytemnestra Electra and Orestes
41
2B THE CHARACTER OF A MATRICIDE
48
2C THE HUNTING OF ORESTES
52
2D QUERIES ABOUT THE ORESTEIA
61
Jonah and the Ninevites
71
Oedipus Creon and Antigone
83
Thomas More the King and the Pope
253
John P Altgeld and the Haymarketers
283
Notorious Defendants in Our Time
297
12B JULIUS ROSENBERG ETHEL ROSENBERG AND MORTON SOBELL
313
12C THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
327
12D DAVID T DELLINGER ET AL
329
12E RICHARD M NIXON ET AL
336
From Spiro T Agnew to O J Simpson
381

4B SOPHOCLES ANTIGONE
97
4C ANOUIHLS ANTIGONE
100
Abraham and Kierkegaard
111
Socrates of Athens
135
6B XENOPHONS APOLOGY OF SOCRATES
140
Jesus of Nazareth
155
7B THE GOSPEL OF MARK
172
Joan of Arc
205
Shylock and Shakespeare
231
Conclusion
403
In re George Anastaplo
407
Subversion Then and Now 1987
411
On Representing Oneself 2001
423
Chance and the Good Life 2001
433
Why Did You Do It? 2003
457
Index
469
About the Author
499
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Page 3 - He that can apprehend and consider vice with all her baits and seeming pleasures, and yet abstain, and yet distinguish, and yet prefer that which is truly better, he is the true warfaring Christian.

About the author (2004)

George Anastaplo, author of numerous books, teaches at the University of Chicago, Loyola University, and Dominican University.

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