Wilmington author and philosopher Tom Morris' book "The Everyday Patriot" is now out in paperback.

In new book, philosopher Tom Morris explores ‘The Everyday Patriot’

“Public philosopher” and author Tom Morris has written a shelf of best sellers, from “If Aristotle Ran General Motors” and “If Harry Potter Ran General Electric” to, inevitably, “Philosophy for Dummies.”

Through his Wilmington-based Morris Institute for Human Values ​​he has spoken to business and civic groups around the country, and now he’s expanded into Zoom.

Just in time for an election year, Morris takes up the topics of patriotism and citizenship. As in his previous books of his, he treats them through the lens of great thinkers of the past, from Plato and Socrates to Confucius, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Robert M. Hutchins.

It’s not a pretty sight.

“We have elected or allowed people to stay in power who have blocked and constrained the improvement of our national life in almost every way possible,” Morris writes in “The Everyday Patriot,” now out in paperback. “Racism has disguised itself in a hundred ways and worked under false flags to undermine what should be. Narrow financial interests have dangerously distorted public policy. Anger has corroded our national discourse.”

Tom Morris — a former Notre Dame professor, motivational speaker and "public philosopher" — wrote the New York Times best sellers "If Aristotle Ran General Motors" and "If Harry Potter Ran General Electric," as well as "Philosophy for Dummies." He's also written a series of adventure novels opening with "The Oasis Within."

It’s not a great age for patriotism, Morris grants. Mass mobility has undermined our allegiance to local communities. Too many people — Morris himself pleads guilty — have focused on careers to the detriment of their role in politics and society.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Morris makes a close reading of the Declaration of Independence to see what the nation’s founders thought and how it can answer today’s questions.

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