Willmoore Kendall: Maverick of American Conservatives

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John A. Murley, John E. Alvis
Lexington Books, 2002 - Political Science - 304 pages
Willmoore Kendall: Maverick of American Conservatives provides the first book-length study of a man long regarded as a founding father of American intellectual conservatism. This edited collection brings together a diverse range of perspectives on Kendall's life and work and places the post-World War II political theorist in the context of modern American conservatism. Far from providing a monolithic view of Kendall's thought, the contributions illuminate an unconventional, often contradictory, thinker. The book traces the development of Kendall's body of political thought from his early years in Oxford, through his work on John Locke, to the later speculation that produced The Basic Symbols of the American Political Tradition, and analyzes the influence of Leo Strauss on his later work. Including, for the first time in print, the complete correspondence between Kendall and Strauss that significantly shaped Kendall's later work, Willmoore Kendall is a vital contribution to American intellectual history.
 

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Contents

THE PLACE OF WILLMOORE KENDALL IN AMERICAN CONSERVATISM
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WILLMOORE KENDALL AND THE DOCTRINE OF MAJORITY RULE
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THE EVOLUTION OF WILLMOORE KENDALLS POLITICAL THOUGHT
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ON THE CALHOUNISM OF WILLMOORE KENDALL
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THE MISSING PASSAGE OF THE VANDERBILT LECTURES
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WILLMOORE KENDALL AND LEO STRAUSS
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WILLMOORE KENDALLLEO STRAUSS CORRESPONDENCE
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ANCIENTS AND MODERNS
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BIBLIOGRAPHY
267
INDEX
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ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
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John A. Murley is Professor of Political Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is the coeditor of the two-volume Essays in Law and Philosophy: On The Practice of Theory (1992) and Leo Strauss, the Straussians, and the American Regime (Rowman & Littlefield, 1999). John E. Alvis is Professor of English and Director of American Studies at the University of Dallas. He is the author of a number of works including Divine Purpose and Heroic Response in Homer and Virgil: The Political Plan of Zeus (Rowman & Littlefield, 1995).

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