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America’s Unwritten Constitution

Science, Religion, and Political Responsibility

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$35.00 • £28.95 • €31.50

ISBN 9780674031425

Publication Date: 01/01/1985


224 pages

5-7/8 x 9 inches



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This is a unique analysis of a subject deeply important to us all—an analysis based on a lifetime of learning and experience across the apparently (but only apparently) disparate fields of religion and science and government, and of their interactions in influencing American political development. It is at once history, and, to a degree, social prophecy at a very profound level.—Caryl Haskins, American Scientist

With erudition and provocative insight Don Price has explored the religious and philosophical roots of our informal system of government… It is impossible to do justice to the richness of this analysis of the opportunities and the pitfalls facing those who are concerned with institutional change in the interest of more coherent policy and greater accountability. The wisdom that it offers is based not only on wide-ranging scholarship and reflection on the historical record but also on a lifetime of profoundly pertinent personal experience.—David B. Truman, The Review of Politics

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