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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press (June 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160258155X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602581555
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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

On Moderation is a sublime gem. Harry Clor has taken an old yet neglected virtue--moderation--and given it a fully modern analysis, treating its political, personal, and philosophical dimensions. Readers will be dazzled by the depth of the argument, even as they are calmed by the sobriety of its message. --James Ceaser, Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia

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...a sublime gem. -James Ceaser

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By George I. Greene VINE VOICE on November 19, 2008
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First, I should write an acknowledgement. I was a student of Professor Clor at Kenyon College in the fall of 1977. He lectured on Plato and Aristotle.

I enjoyed reading this book. Professor Clor seeks to find a place for moderation as a virtue in modernity. He explores it as a political, individual and philosophic virtue. With his philosophic cast of mind, he is open to explore alternate arguments. He has a real rather than an armchair grasp of the passions and why moderation is needed for self-mastery. One can see that he has deliberated long and hard recognizing both the power of passions and the troubles that they may cause if left unchecked.
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By Al on February 19, 2013
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First, I would like to mention that this book was published in 2008 and I bought it used. It’s a library discard and I was the first person to read it or open it. I find that highly instructive, and not as to the quality of the book.

This book is three different essays on moderation: political moderation, personal moderation, and philosophical moderation. They focus on the concept of moderation as a way to promote reflectiveness on what this virtue means and why we need to care about it. In all three essays, the author tries to make a case for moderation and why it should be important to us personally and as individuals. In the first essay on political moderation, Clor delineates what moderation and immoderation amount to and contribute in political life. He argues that centrism is compatible to wholehearted devotion to a principle or a cause, but I disagree with that compatibility, and I don’t think he made his case. He is on firmer ground with the second and third essays, which focus on personality and the desirability of moral character, emphasizing deliberative self-control as a major component of character. As a Christian, I see the whole construct falling apart because only a sovereign God can provide motivation, outside of man, to cultivate any virtue. Man will not cultivate a virtue such as moderation because he is tainted by original sin, and unless this virtue presents an individual, or a society, with a clear advantage in meeting any of the human needs, he will see no advantage in cultivating it.

This was a solidly written book and a challenging read, and a better review is found in the Claremont Review of Books.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E3 on April 14, 2009
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This new book by Harry Clor is a book for thoughtful people who long to read, or learn how to reflect on, controversial topics by the light of reason and sensibility. MODERATION models the post-partisan discussion that President Obama espouses...it illuminates a path to civility. Clor has written this book in the manner of his teaching: carefully exploring a variety of perspectives and/or ojections to a theses.

Full disclosure: I, too, was a Political Science student of Professor Clor's in 1983-85. His teaching regarding the ancient's understanding of the soul continues to inform my practice as a psychotherapist.
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