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Reason and Passion: Justice Brennan's Enduring Influence
by Brennan Center for Justice, Bernard Schwartz (Editor)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0393041107, Hardcover)Reason and Passion is something of a love letter to retired Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. from the Brennan Center, an organization founded by Brennan's former law clerks. In it, three dozen contributors discuss the justice's impact on the law and the nation over the nearly four decades that he served on the Court. The list of admirers includes judges, journalists, law professors, and lawyers, all of whom recall in their essays the importance of Brennan's opinions to the cause of human rights and equality under the law. Brennan, one of the Court's most liberal judges, was a great defender of individual rights, a position that paradoxically increased the strength of the federal government in ruling after ruling.
Not surprisingly, Reason and Passion is weighted in favor of those who agreed with Justice Brennan's politics and reading of the law; contributors include such liberal icons as Lanie Guinier and Anna Quindlen. Even Chief Justice William Rhenquist pulls some punches when discussing his former colleague's place in Supreme Court history, calling him "the intellectual leader of those espousing his views." For those seeking a balanced, critical view of the Brennan years, this is not the book for you; however, if you're interested in Brennan the man, Reason and Passion is a good place to start.
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Hanna Segal is one of the best-known living British psychoanalysts. She was one of the first European psychoanalysts to receive the prestigious Sigourney Award for contributions to psychoanalysis. Her first two books on Melanie Klein are classic texts and she is one of the most influential figures within the British Psychoanalytical Society. Her substantial body of work embraces a large number of published papers and five books. She has made seminal contributions to the understanding of psychosis, the theory of symbolism, aesthetics, literature and politics. Reason and Passion is compiled in honour of Hanna Segal, with papers by a group of internationally renowned psychoanalysts reflecting numerous aspects of her clinical and theoretical work. Set in the context of a biographical introduction by the editor, each paper makes a personal contribution to furthering the theoretical and clinical ideas in her thinking. These ideas have been widely influential in the work of the Tavistock Clinic and thereby in the whole field of mental health. This is the first of two volumes in the Tavistock Clinic Series examining her clinical and theoretical work.
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