[from George Anastaplo, Reflections on Life, Death, and the Constitution (University Press of Kentucky, 2009).]
George Anastaplo was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1925, and grew up in Southern Illinois. After serving three years as an aviation cadet and flying officer during and just after the Second World War, he earned A.B., J.D., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. He is currently a Lecturer in the Liberal Arts at the University of Chicago (in the Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults), Professor of Law at Loyola University of Chicago, and Professor Emeritus of Political Science and of Philosophy at Dominican University.
His publications include more than a dozen books and two dozen book-length collections in law reviews. His scholarship was reviewed in seven articles in the 1997 volume of Political Science Reviewer. A two-volume Festschrift, Law and Philosophy, was issued in his honor in 1992 by the Ohio University Press. Between 1980 and 1992 he was nominated annually for a Nobel Peace Prize by a Chicago-based committee that had its initial spokesman Malcolm P. Sharp (1897-1980), professor emeritus of University of Chicago Law School.
Professor Anastaplo’s career is assessed in a chapter in Leo Strauss, The Straussians, and American Regime (Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 1999). It is assessed as well in the cover story of the November 26, 2000, issue of the Chicago Tribune Magazine. A bibliography of his work is included in the Anastaplo Festschrift, Law and Philosophy, 2:1073-1145. See, also, “George Anastaplo: An Autobiographical Bibliography (1947-2001),” 20 Northern Illinois University Law Review 581-710 (2000); “George Anastaplo: Tables of Contents for His Books and Published Collections (1950-2001),” 39 Brandeis Law Journal 219-87 (2000-2001). See, as well, the massive bibliography in political philosophy complied by John A. Murley, Leo Strauss: A Bibliographical Legacy (Lanham, Md. Lexington Books, 2005), 733-855, 871. The initial volumes of the Anastaplo Reflections series are assessed in the seven book reviews noticed in the preface to this volume.