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.
""Anastaplo has that rare ability to demonstrate the strong connection between the great themes of political philosophy and the American constitution this book is lucid and thoroughly accessible to the educated reader." -- Kenneth L. Deutsch, professor of political science and international relations, Geneseo University" --
""Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution offers a very important collection of George Anastaplo's reflections that range over his long career of serious intellectual thought and would be immensely valuable to the many students and teachers in the liberal arts who have followed his work." -- David Alvis, assistant professor of government, University of West Florida" --
""Anastaplo seamlessly weaves some of our most commonly held notions -- life, death, religion, liberty, natural law, morality -- into an intricate and cohesive story." --Law and Politics Book Review" --