From the April, 2003 issue of Touchstone
The Not-So-Good Samaritans by Patrick Henry Reardon

The Not-So-Good Samaritans

Aristotle, the Preservation of Families & the Duties of the State

by Patrick Henry Reardon

While few surprises attend the statistical reports about the religious and moral persuasions of this country’s two largest political parties, I suggest that the recent publication of those figures may serve as a suitable occasion for examining more broadly the philosophical foundations of our public and political life. From time to time we truly need to do this, I believe, if only to forestall an intellectual cramping of our political experience.

It is not hard, after all, to lose the larger philosophical perspective on political matters when we are constrained, as most of the time we are, by the narrowed focus of particular political and social problems. Sustained concentration on individual an . . .


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