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On Moderation
Defending an Ancient Virtue in a Modern World

By Harry Clor

On Moderation
Paperback, 160 pages $29.95
Published: 1st July 2008
ISBN: 9781602581555
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Ethics , All Philosophy, Ecological Ethics, Political Ethics, Political Philosophy

Moderation suffers in today's culture of excesses. In resuscitating this discarded virtue, Harry Clor unveils the intrinsic power of moderation to influence and engage, from the public square to the deeply personal. A mature book from a senior scholar, On Moderation answers critics of this misunderstood value, demonstrating its continued relevance to human flourishing.



Political Moderation: Balancing the Extremes

Personal Moderation: Taming the Excess

Philosophical Moderation: Tempering the Mind




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Balanced, widely informed, gracefully written, and exhibiting a generous spirit... Recommended. General readers through research faculty.


Clor's readable pages are an antidote to both moralistic absolutism and amoral relativism and are written in a style that is ruminative and well illustrated and does not talk down to the nonspecialist. This book is valuable because it doesn't simply celebrate moderation, but locates moderation among the other virtues.

Christian Century (March 23, 2010)

Is moderation inspiring?  After reading this lucid, profound book, your answer will be yes.  Harry Clor flings a tightrope across the abyss of modern thought, then shows how excess, that clumsy beast, is bound to fall, while moderation, sure-footed as the author himself, crosses lightly and gracefully to wisdom.

—Martha Bayles, Lecturer, Arts and Sciences Honors Program, Boston College

Readers will be dazzled as Clor takes an old and neglected virtue and gives it a fully modern analysis.

—James Ceaser, Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia

Harry Clor (Ph.D. University of Chicago) is Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Kenyon College.  He is the author of: Public Morality and Liberal Society: Essays on Decency, Law, and Pornography (1996), The Mass Media and Modern Democracy: Essays (1974), and Obscenity and Public Morality: Censorship in a Liberal Society (1971).

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 160 pages
 9in x 6in

  PHI019000, POL042000
 Baylor University Press

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