George Anastaplo

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General Information

Name: George Anastaplo

Pen Name: None

Genres: Non-Fiction

Born: November 7, 1925

Died: February 14, 2014 in Chicago

Illinois Connection

Anastaplo lived in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago and taught at The University of Chicago and Dominican University in River Forest.

Biographical and Professional Information

George Anastaplo was a professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and author who was famously denied admission for many years to the Illinois Bar. The denial of his admission became a Supreme Court case, In re Anastaplo, in which he insisted that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the privacy of political affiliations; in particular, he refused to answer questions about membership in the Communist Party. Although he had lost the case, he became a figure of American liberty everywhere. He was described as the 'Socrates of Chicago'.

After serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, navigating B-17 and B-29 bombers, he pursued his bachelor and law degrees from the University of Chicago He received his AB in 1948, JD in 1951 and PhD in 1964. While Anastaplo never became a lawyer, his legal training served him well in academia. In 1957, he joined the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies and continued to teach through December 2013 - teaching nearly six decades.

He also taught at Dominican University (then Rosary College), and later at the Loyola University School of Law, frequently riding his bike from Hyde Park to Loyola until he was nearly 80.

Anastaplo’s unwavering commitment to free thought earned him many admirers. In 2005, he was the inaugural recipient of the Graham School’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and received the school’s Distinguished Service Award in 2012.

Published Works

  • Human Being and Citizen: Essays on Virtue, Freedom, and the Common Good, Swallow Press, 1975
  • The Artist As Thinker: From Shakespeare to Joyce, Ohio University Press, 1983
  • The Constitution of 1787: A Commentary, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989
  • American Moralist: On Law, Ethics, and Government, Ohio University Press, 1992
  • The Amendments to the Constitution: A Commentary, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995
  • The Thinker as Artist: From Homer to Plato & Aristotle, Ohio University Press, 1997
  • Campus Hate-Speech Codes and Twentieth Century Atrocities, Edwin Mellen Press, 1997
  • Campus Hate-Speech Codes, Natural Right, and Twentieth Century Atrocities, Edwin Mellen Press, 1999
  • Liberty, Equality & Modern Constitutionalism: A Source Book, Vol. 1: From Socrates & Pericles to Thomas Jefferson, Focus Publ, 1999
  • Liberty, Equality & Modern Constitutionalism, Vol. 2: From George III to Hitler and Stalin, Focus Publ, 1999
  • Abraham Lincoln: A Constitutional Biography, Rowman & Littlefield, 1999
  • But Not Philosophy: Seven Introductions to Non-Western Thought, Lexington Books, 2002
  • On Trial: From Adam & Eve to O.J. Simpson, Lexington Books, 2004
  • The Constitutionalist: Notes on the First Amendment, Lexington Books, 2005
  • Plato: Meno - Translation and Commentary, Focus Publishing, 2006
  • Reflections on Constitutional Law, University Press of Kentucky, 2006
  • Reflections on Freedom of Speech and the First Amendment, University Press of Kentucky, 2007
  • The Bible: Respectful Readings, Lexington Books, 2008
  • Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution, University Press of Kentucky, 2009
  • The Christian Heritage, Lexington Books, 2010
  • Reflections on Slavery and the Constitution (Studies in Marxism and Humanism), Lexington Books, 2012, reprinted 2013
  • Reflections on Religion, the Divine, and the Constitution, Lexington Books, 2013, reprinted 2015

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Literary Awards


External Links

George Anastaplo on WorldCat


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