Michael, Aloysius Books

About the author: Dr. Aloysius Michael received his PhD in Ethics from the Gregorian University, Rome. He also holds degrees in Education, Theology, Chemistry, and Philosophy. He is currently Associate Professor in the Religious Studies Department at Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles. His earlier publications include Visions of Women (College Publication, 1987), Radhakrishnan on Hindu Moral Life and Action (Concept Publishing company, 1979), as well as papers and articles.

American Virtues and Cultural Values From the 1820’s to 1990’s Virtuous Materialism
2000 0-7734-7775-6
This volume follows the course of the concept of individualism in America. It traces how opposing factors of social interaction have swung through 170 years of American history, examines the disjunction between the past and the present, and how the present culture of nihilistic freedom has led to the denial of ethical principles that former generations took for granted. “How refreshing it is to hear someone – with such empathy, rigorous honesty, and deep insight – look into American’s mirror and say exactly what he sees there. . . This study looks into the opaque mirror of America’s last 180 years – from Alexis de Tocqueville to William Jefferson Clinton – through the bifocals of behavioral sciences (cultural anthropology, sociology, psychology and psychiatry) and a rich Catholic wisdom (philosophy, theology, and spirituality). . . . He offers us a meticulous chronicle of this descent – like regression of an adult into perpetual adolescence – in a series of decades from 1820 to 2000” – Dr. Eugene G. Frick