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In Praise of Folly (1511)

by Desiderius Erasmus

Other authors: Petty Bange (Contributor)

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How Woodrow Wilson's vision of making the world safe for democracy has been betrayed--and how America can fulfill it again The liberal internationalist tradition is credited with America's greatest triumphs as a world power--and also its biggest failures. Beginning in the 1940s, imbued with the spirit of Woodrow Wilson's efforts at the League of Nations to "make the world safe for democracy," the United States steered a course in world affairs that would eventually win the Cold War. Yet in the 1990s, Wilsonianism turned imperialist, contributing directly to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the continued failures of American foreign policy. Why Wilson Matters explains how the liberal internationalist community can regain a sense of identity and purpose following the betrayal of Wilson's vision by the brash "neo-Wilsonianism" being pursued today. Drawing on Wilson's original writings and speeches, Tony Smith traces how his thinking about America's role in the world evolved in the years leading up to and during his presidency, and how the Wilsonian tradition went on to influence American foreign policy in the decades that followed--for good and for ill. He traces the tradition's evolution from its "classic" era with Wilson, to its "hegemonic" stage during the Cold War, to its "imperialist" phase today. Smith calls for an end to reckless forms of U.S. foreign intervention, and a return to the prudence and "eternal vigilance" of Wilson's own time. Why Wilson Matters renews hope that the United States might again become effectively liberal by returning to the sense of realism that Wilson espoused, one where the promotion of democracy around the world is balanced by the understanding that such efforts are not likely to come quickly and without costs.… (more)
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Maybe the apparent premise that 'if it's fun it must be foolish' made sense to a medieval Christian, but it made no sense to me. It's hard to enjoy a satire when one isn't sure what the author wanted to satirise. ( )
  Stravaiger64 | May 23, 2020 |
Rebinding by Harcourt Bindery for $75
  ajapt | Dec 30, 2018 |
Clever. A famous work of the Renaissance, it led to the questioning of absurd abuses of authority in the Church. Some say it laid the groundwork for the Reformation. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
Un clásico, sin duda. Ya desde el Renacimiento era muy evidente que la humanidad está gobernada por la estulticia, la cual es hija de la avaricia. ( )
  jmgasca | Apr 4, 2012 |
1740 edition
  richardhobbs | Dec 12, 2010 |
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Erasmus, Desideriusprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bange, PettyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dean, Leonard F.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dirkzwager Czn., A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dirkzwager, A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eliass, KārlisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eliass, KristapsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hahn, AlbertCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hiensch, A.J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holbein, Hans (de Jongere)Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hudson, Hoyt HopewellTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jagtenberg, A.Cover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kan, A.H.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kan, J. B.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Levi , A. H. T.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Loon, Hendrik Willem VanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Medina, JaumeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielson, A. C.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nolhac, Pierre deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nordberg, MichaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Radice, BettyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rat, MauriceContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vermeer-Pardoen, J.M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, JohnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Erasmo, con "Elogio della Follia", guarda e invita a guardare alla demenza del mondo con occhi nuovi: nella consapevolezza che la realtà è quella che è e, in fondo, ci sono sempre delle "ragioni" in quello che gli uomini fanno - come non tarderà a sottolineare il Machiavelli - per cui vale forse la pena di dar credito alla "follia".
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