Ralph C. Hancock has written a book that combines thinking at the highest level with deep moral seriousness and an admirable attentiveness to the requirements of political responsibility. His theme is the relationship between theory and practice, politics and philosophy, a subject that he explores with rare depth. He sets out to restore a conception of reason that is truly open to the transcendent purposes and norms that provide reason’s compass, and thus avoids the illusion that philosophy is a radically “autonomous” enterprise, even as it it never forgets its debts to ordinary experience and decent politics. (Mahoney, Daniel J.)
Ralph C. Hancock has written a magisterial work of prodigious scholarship, sharp synthesis, and elegance which concentrates on the responsibility of reason in relation to both revealed theology and political life. His work identifies the liberal democratic dilemmas of the modern theological-political problem in Calvin and Tocqueville, the contrasting insights of Maimondies, the Kalam
, and Aquinas. Hancock provices us with an elegant and compelling case for the view that liberal democracies must confront the truths of philosophy and theology and that without these two truths apprehended in tension, the vitality of liberal democracy is greatly diminished. (Deutsch, Kenneth L.)
About the Author
Ralph C. Hancock
is professor of political science at Brigham Young University.