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AuthorVolkomer, Walter E. author
TitleThe Passionate Liberal: The Political and Legal Ideas of Jerome Frank [electronic resource] / by Walter E. Volkomer
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1970
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Descript 244 p. online resource


Jerome Frank was one of the most important spokesmen for the generation of liberal intellectuals who came to maturity during the period of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. He was never a major figure in public life and thus never became a symbol of the period as did President Roosevelt, Henry Wallace, Harry Hopkins, or others whose positions made their views accesยญ sible to the entire reading and listening public. While these men represented the popular view of the New Deal with its dedication to the elimination of the economic misery which beset the nation during the nineteen thirties, Frank may be the New Deal figure who most accurately summarized the intellectual currents of the period. As is the case with all thinkers, most of the ideas Frank presented in his books, articles, speeches, and in actual practice in governmental service were drawn from the works of other men. He brought together many diverse strains of thought, contributed some of his own ideas, and wove these toยญ gether into a pattern which typifies the intellectual atmosphere that was the New Deal


I. Introduction and Biographical Sketch -- II. Philosophical Skepticism -- 1. Historical Meaning of Skepticism -- 2. The Philosophy of a Modern Skeptic -- 3. The Sick Society and its Remedy -- 4. Criticism and Conclusion -- III. Skepticism and the Law -- 1. The Origins of Legal Realism -- 2. The Realistic Approach to Law -- 3. Natural Law -- 4. Conclusion -- IV. Reform of Legal Institutions -- 1. Legal Education -- 2. The Training of Judges -- 3. The Jury System -- 4. The Quest for Justice -- 5. Democracy in the Court Room -- 6. Conclusion -- V. Constitutional Philosophy -- 1. Judicial Restraint and the Constitution -- 2. Judicial Restraint and Legislative Interpretation -- 3. The Meaning of the Bill of Rights -- 4. Conclusion -- VI. Views on Political Democracy -- 1. Origins of Political Democracy -- 2. The Foundations of Democracy -- 3. The Pragmatic Value of Democracy -- 4. The Reform of American Democracy -- 5. Conclusion -- VII. Economic Theory -- 1. The Nature of Economics -- 2. The Depression: Its Causes and Cure -- 3. The Consequences of Inaction -- 4. The Future Society -- 5. Conclusion -- VIII. Paths to Peace -- 1. The Causes and Prevention of War: Pre-1940 -- 2. Transformation and the War Years -- 3. The Causes and Prevention of War: Post World War II -- 4. Conclusion -- IX. Summary and Conclusions -- 1. An Intellectual Portrait -- 2. A Personal Portrait -- 3. An Evaluation

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