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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  George Anastaplo  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: November 7, 1925

Died: February 14, 2014 in Chicago

-- George Anastaplo on WorldCat --

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

Selected Titles At Your Library

Human being and citizen :
ISBN: 0804006776. OCLC Number:

Swallow Press,. Chicago :. ©1975.

The artist as thinker :
ISBN: 0804004161. OCLC Number:

Swallow Press,. Chicago :. ©1983.

The Constitution of 1787 :
ISBN: 0801836069. OCLC Number:

Johns Hopkins University Press,. Baltimore :. ©1989.

Denied admission to the Illinois bar in 1950 after he refused on principle to answer questions about his political associations, George Anastaplo took his case to the Supreme Court and lost, 5-4. In a dissenting opinion, Justice Hugol. Black wrote, "We must not be afraid to be free." George Anastaplo is professor of law at Loyola University of Chicago, lecturer in the liberal arts at the University of Chicago, and author of The Constitutionalist.

The American moralist :
ISBN: 0821410016. OCLC Number:

Ohio University Press,. Athens, Ohio :. ©1992.

The amendments to the Constitution :
ISBN: 0801849608. OCLC Number:

Johns Hopkins University Press,. Baltimore :. 1995.

Examines the nature & effects of the 27 amendments; reflections on the Bill of Rights & the Emancipation Proclamation; plus extensive appendixes of critical documents.

The thinker as artist :
ISBN: 0821411845. OCLC Number:

Ohio University Press,. Athens :. ©1997.

In an attempt to subject representative texts of a dozen ancient authors to a more or less Socratic inquiry, the noted scholar George Anastaplo suggests in The Thinker as Artist how one might usefully read as well as enjoy such texts, which illustrate the thinking done by the greatest artists and how they "talk" among themselves across the centuries. In doing so, he does not presume to repeat the many fine things said about these and like authors, but rather he discusses what he himself has noticed about them, text by text. Drawing upon a series of classical authors ranging from Homer and Sappho to Plato and Aristotle, Anastaplo examines issues relating to chance, art, nature, and divinity present in the artful works of philosophers and other thinkers.

Campus hate-speech codes and twentieth century atrocities /
ISBN: 0773488472. OCLC Number:

E. Mellen Press,. Lewiston :. ©1997.

Campus hate-speech codes and twentieth century atrocities /
ISBN: 0773488472. OCLC Number:

E. Mellen Press,. Lewiston :. ©1997.

Liberty, equality & modern constitutionalism :
ISBN: 0941051625. OCLC Number:

Focus Pub./R. Pullins Co.,. Newburyport, Mass. :. 1999.

Liberty, equality & modern constitutionalism :
ISBN: 0941051668. OCLC Number:

Focus Pub./R. Pullins Co.,. Newburyport, Mass. :. 1999.

Abraham Lincoln :
ISBN: 0847694321. OCLC Number:

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers,. Lanham :. 2001.

But not philosophy :
ISBN: 0739102907. OCLC Number:

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Gathered in this one volume, But Not Philosophy provides useful and thought-provoking introductions to seven major 'schools' of non-Western thought: Mesopotamian, ancient African, Hindu, Confucian, Buddhist, Islamic, and North American Indian. Anastaplo studies ancient literary epics and legal codes and examines religious traditions and systems of thought, providing detailed references to authoritative histories and commentators.

On trial :
ISBN: 0739107801. OCLC Number:

Lexington Books,. Lanham :. ©2004.

"On Trial is an exegesis on legal reason, moral judgement, political life, and the events that give them meaning."--Back cover.

Plato's Meno /
ISBN: 0941051714. OCLC Number:

Focus Pub./R. Pullins Co.,. Newburyport, MA :. ©2004.

Reflections on constitutional law /
ISBN: 0813191564. OCLC Number:

University Press of Kentucky,. Lexington, Ky. :. ©2006.

In a trend that disturbs nationally known constitutional scholar George Anastaplo, law schools now place very little emphasis on the study of the United States Constitution as a document. Today, many constitutional law professors spend less than a week teaching the history, philosophical tenets, and legal origins of the Constitution itself and more time on Supreme Court cases. In Reflections on Constitutional Law, Anastaplo emphasizes the continuing significance and importance of the Constitution by examining the most important influences on the American constitutional system, including the Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence. According to Anastaplo, a rigorous understanding of the Constitution is crucial to comprehending the true meaning of Supreme Court decisions.

Reflections on freedom of speech and the First Amendment /
ISBN: 0813191734. OCLC Number:

University Press of Kentucky,. Lexington, Ky. :. ©2007.


The Bible :
ISBN: 0739124994. OCLC Number:

Lexington Books,. Lanham, MD :. ©2008.

Reflections on life, death, and the constitution /
ISBN: 0813192307. OCLC Number:

University Press of Kentucky,. Lexington, Ky. :. ©2009.

The role of law in government has been increasingly scrutinized as courts struggle with controversial topics such as assisted suicide, euthanasia, abortion, capital punishment, and torture. Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution explores such issues by using classical standards of morality as a starting point for understanding them. Drawing on works of literature and philosophy, and on U.S. Supreme Court decisions, George Anastaplo examines the intimate relationship between human nature and constitutional law.

The Christian heritage :
ISBN: 0739135988. OCLC Number:

Lexington Books,. Lanham, Md. :. ©2010.

The Christian Heritage: Problems and Prospects delves into the history of the western Christian heritage. Challenges to the Christian heritage, a heritage nourished both by Judaism and by the western classics, have been stimulated by the very success of the way of life that is promoted, a way of life that is somehow responsible for the emergence of modern science with its revolutionary technology. The reader is encouraged to reconsider authors prominent in the religious tradition of the West. Guidance is provided for examinations of the fundamental assumptions and the enduring questions by which Western Civilization has been guided and challenged for millennia. The enduring texts that we in the West repeatedly encounter, especially the most challenging of them, are apt to draw upon, and to illuminate the fundamental assumptions and the enduring questions by which Western Civilization has been guided and challenged for millennia. Vital to Western Civilization has long been the Christian Heritage. That Heritage has been taken for granted in our general education, in something as prosaic as the everyday operations of our legal system, and perhaps even in our economic and other social arrangements.

Reflections on slavery and the Constitution /
ISBN: 0739184318. OCLC Number:

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In this insightful book about constitutional law and slavery, George Anastaplo illuminates both how the history of race relations in the United States should be approached and how seemingly hopeless social and political challenges can be usefully considered through the lens of the U.S. Constitution. He examines the outbreak of the American Civil War, its prosecution, and its aftermath, tracing the concept of slavery and law from its earliest beginnings and slavery's fraught legal history within the United States. Anastaplo offers discussions that bring into focus discussions of slavery in Ancient Greece and within the Bible, showing their influence on the Constitution and the subsequent political struggles that led to the Civil War.

Reflections on religion, the divine, and the constitution /
ISBN: 1498521088. OCLC Number:

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This book presents the uses of divine revelation in the Western world by many figures including Euripides, Sophocles, Aristophanes, and Plato. It progresses chronologically forward to examine the challenges of religion in Western politics, particularly in the United States, through the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of 1787, and Presidential Farewell Addresses.