Political Science Professor Publishes First Book

by Public Relations | Jul 30, 2018

July 30, 2018

Dr. Jerome FossDr. Jerome Foss, associate professor of political science at Saint Vincent College recently published his first book: Constitutional Democracy and Judicial Supremacy: John Rawls and the Transformation of American Politics, published by Cambria Press in Amherst, New York. Foss’ book offers a fresh interpretation of American political philosopher John Rawls, arguing that Rawls hoped to transform American politics through the Supreme Court.

According to Dr. Foss, “Most people have not heard of John Rawls or read his books, and yet his theory has had a tremendous influence on the American legal community and, more generally, our understanding of politics. Scholars often depict Rawls only as a philosopher, but I argue that he used familiar imagery from the American Founding in an effort to fundamentally change the way we live.”

Micah J. Watson, William Spoelhof Teacher-Scholar Chair in Political Science of Calvin College writes, “This book is a trustworthy guide to the American constitutional tradition as well as Rawls' innovative alternative, offering a respectful treatment of the latter while providing an engaging and persuasive defense of the former.”

Paul Carrese, professor of political science at the U.S. Air Force Academy, says: “Foss' careful study of the transformative intention of Rawls' political theory brings extraordinary insights to our academic debates, and to the real causes of our polarized, dysfunctional politics.”

Foss’ book is now available for purchase and can be previewed free on the Cambria Press website.


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