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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (January 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300123930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300123937
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #607,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"The classic philosophers, Faulkner contends, help us far more than modern theoreticians to make sense of genuinely great men and women. The chapter on Aristotle's 'megalopsychos' is the best I have read in any of the literatures and Faulkner does a masterful job of focusing on the inner-life of the great-souled man, not just the desire for honors, but the desire to be worthy of honors. An excellent study of a much-needed subject."—Steven Smith, author of Reading Leo Strauss and Spinoza's Book of Life
(Steven Smith)

“Deftly mixing history, theory, and witty common sense, Robert Faulkner makes a compelling case for honorable ambition—as distinct from both radical egalitarianism and amoral elitism—in the service of republican self-government.”—William A. Galston, The Brookings Institution
(William A. Galston)

"In a searching study of politics and philosophy, Robert Faulkner defends honorable ambition against cynics and skeptics in our day. His search centers on the ancients, always our best source for greatness and its eternal rivalry with goodness. This is a book of matured and ready wisdom."—Harvey Mansfield
(Harvey Mansfield)

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Robert Faulkner is professor of political science at Boston College.

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