The Political Theory of the American Founding

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ISBN: 9781107140486
Release Date: 2017-04-03
Number of pages: 465
Author: Thomas G. West
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Download and read online The Political Theory of the American Founding in PDF and EPUB This book provides a complete overview of the Founders' natural rights theory and its policy implications.


The Political Theory of the American Founding

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ISBN: 9781108179515
Release Date: 2017-03-31
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Author: Thomas G. West
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Download and read online The Political Theory of the American Founding in PDF and EPUB This book provides a complete overview of the American Founders' political theory, covering natural rights, natural law, state of nature, social compact, consent, and the policy implications of these ideas. The book is intended as a response to the current scholarly consensus, which holds that the Founders' political thought is best understood as an amalgam of liberalism, republicanism, and perhaps other traditions. West argues that, on the contrary, the foundational documents overwhelmingly point to natural rights as the lens through which all politics is understood. The book explores in depth how the Founders' supposedly republican policies on citizen character formation do not contradict but instead complement their liberal policies on property and economics. Additionally, the book shows how the Founders' embraced other traditions in their politics, such as common law and Protestantism.


The Political Theory of the American Founding

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ISBN: 1316506037
Release Date: 2017-04-03
Number of pages: 428
Author: Thomas G. West
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Download and read online The Political Theory of the American Founding in PDF and EPUB This book provides a complete overview of the American Founders' political theory, covering natural rights, natural law, state of nature, social compact, consent, and the policy implications of these ideas. The book is intended as a response to the current scholarly consensus, which holds that the Founders' political thought is best understood as an amalgam of liberalism, republicanism, and perhaps other traditions. West argues that, on the contrary, the foundational documents overwhelmingly point to natural rights as the lens through which all politics is understood. The book explores in depth how the Founders' supposedly republican policies on citizen character formation do not contradict but instead complement their liberal policies on property and economics. Additionally, the book shows how the Founders' embraced other traditions in their politics, such as common law and Protestantism.


Liberty State Union

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ISBN: 9780881461862
Release Date: 2010
Number of pages: 277
Author: Luigi Marco Bassani
Publisher: Mercer University Press

Download and read online Liberty State Union in PDF and EPUB Thomas Jefferson--author of the Declaration of Independence, diplomat and president of the United States--is the most widely studied and genuinely representative Founding Father of his age. Bassani surveys Jefferson's views on the rights of man and state's rights — the core of all his political ideas. After careful examination of his political theory, Jefferson is recognized as a champion of limited government, natural rights and antagonism of the states towards interference by federal powers.


Natural Rights and the Right to Choose

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ISBN: 0521812186
Release Date: 2002-09-02
Number of pages: 302
Author: Hadley Arkes
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Download and read online Natural Rights and the Right to Choose in PDF and EPUB This 2002 book argues that the 'right to abortion' has shifted American politics away from the doctrine of natural rights held by the Founders.


Vindicating the Founders

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ISBN: 0847685179
Release Date: 2000-11-28
Number of pages: 219
Author: Thomas G. West
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

Download and read online Vindicating the Founders in PDF and EPUB Describes the myths surrounding the Founding Father's political thought and contrasts their ideas of liberty and equality with today's views.


The Progressive Revolution in Politics and Political Science

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ISBN: 0742549747
Release Date: 2005-01-01
Number of pages: 388
Author: John A. Marini
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

Download and read online The Progressive Revolution in Politics and Political Science in PDF and EPUB The Progressive Revolution in Politics and Political Science explores the scope, ambition, and effect of the Progressive revolution of a century ago, which relegated the theory and practice of the Founders to an antiquated historical phase. By contrast, our contributors see beyond the horizon of Progressivism to take account of the Founders' moral and political premises and illuminate its effects on our political science and political practice today. It is a study in political philosophy, intellectual history, and current political understanding.


Natural Rights Liberalism from Locke to Nozick Volume 22

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ISBN: 0521615143
Release Date: 2005
Number of pages: 403
Author: Ellen Frankel Paul
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Download and read online Natural Rights Liberalism from Locke to Nozick Volume 22 in PDF and EPUB This collection of essays is dedicated to the memory of the late Harvard philosopher Robert Nozick, who died in 2002. The publication of Nozick's Anarchy, State, and Utopia in 1974 revived serious interest in natural rights liberalism, which, beginning in the latter half of the eighteenth century, had been eclipsed by a succession of antithetical political theories including utilitarianism, progressivism, and various egalitarian and collectivist ideologies. Some of our contributors critique Nozick's political philosophy. Other contributors examine earlier figures in the liberal tradition, most notably John Locke, whose Second Treatise of Government, published in the late seventeenth century, profoundly influenced the American founders. The remaining authors analyze natural rights liberalism's central doctrines.


The Political Philosophy of George Washington

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ISBN: 9780801891090
Release Date: 2009-03-05
Number of pages: 226
Author: Jeffry H. Morrison
Publisher: JHU Press

Download and read online The Political Philosophy of George Washington in PDF and EPUB George Washington is revered as the father of his country, a clever and skilled general, and a man of restrained principle—but not as a political thinker. This short introduction to Washington's political philosophy reveals him as a thoughtful public intellectual who was well equipped to lead the young United States. Though Washington left little explicit writing on political philosophy, Jeffry Morrison examines his key writings, actions, education, and political and professional lives. He finds that Washington held closely to a trinity of foundational principles—classical republicanism, British liberalism, and Protestant Christianity—with greater fidelity than many of the other founding fathers. In unearthing Washington's ideological growth, Morrison reveals the intellectual heritage of his political thought and shows how these beliefs motivated him to action. This insightful, concise story makes clearer the complexities of the revolutionary era and shows how the first president's political ideas shaped governmental institutions and instantiated the nation's foundational principles.


A Government of Laws

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ISBN: 082621360X
Release Date: 2001
Number of pages: 259
Author: Ellis Sandoz
Publisher:

Download and read online A Government of Laws in PDF and EPUB In A Government of Laws, which includes a new preface, Ellis Sandoz re-evaluates the traditional understanding of the philosophic and intellectual background of the American founding. Through an exhaustive assessment of Renaissance, medieval, and ancient political philosophy, he shows that the founding fathers were consciously and explicitly seeking to create a political order that would meet the demands of human nature and society. This rigorous and searching analysis of the sources of political and constitutional theory generates an original and provocative approach to American thought and experience.


Natural Rights and the New Republicanism

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ISBN: 069103463X
Release Date: 1994
Number of pages: 397
Author: Michael P. Zuckert
Publisher:

Download and read online Natural Rights and the New Republicanism in PDF and EPUB Annotation Here Michael Zuckert proposes a new view of the political philosophy that lay behind the founding of the United States. In a book that will interest political scientists, historians, and philosophers, Zuckert looks at the Whig or opposition tradition as it developed in England. He argues that there were, in fact, three opposition traditions: Protestant, Grotian, and Lockean. Before the English Civil War the opposition was inspired by the effort to find the one true Protestant politicsDLan effort that was seen to be a failure by the end of the Interregnum period. The Restoration saw the emergence of the Whigs, who sought a way to ground politics free from the sectarian theological-scriptural conflicts of the previous period. This exemplary work of historical reconstruction dramatically transforms our understanding of the genealogy of early American political thought. No one who deals with the eighteenth-century Anglo-American political tradition will be able to avoid the unsettling challenge of Zuckert's original and painstakingly documented reinterpretation, for this is one of those rare scholarly achievements, at once capacious and meticulous, that forces all of us back to the drawing boards. DLThomas L. Pangle, William and Mary Quarterly This is a work of careful scholarship and vast erudition.... By illustrating how Lockean and republican ideas came to be blended, Zuckert forcefully recounts the origins of the American republic. DLRichard Vernier, The Journal of American History.


The Founders on Citizenship and Immigration

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ISBN: 074255855X
Release Date: 2007-01-01
Number of pages: 171
Author: Edward J. Erler
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

Download and read online The Founders on Citizenship and Immigration in PDF and EPUB Working with the underlying premise that America's founding principles continue to be vital in the modern era, Erler, Marini, and West take a conservative look at immigration, one of today's most pressing political issues. Character the capacity to live a life befitting republican citizens is, as the Founders knew, crucial to the debate about immigration. The Founders on Citizenship and Immigration seeks to revive the issue of republican character in the current immigration debate and to elucidate the constitutional foundations of American citizenship. Published in cooperation with the Claremont Institute."


The Political Theory of Aristophanes

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ISBN: 9781438450056
Release Date: 2014-04-01
Number of pages: 370
Author: Jeremy J. Mhire
Publisher: SUNY Press

Download and read online The Political Theory of Aristophanes in PDF and EPUB Examines the political dimensions of Aristophanes’ comic poetry. This original and wide-ranging collection of essays offers, for the first time, a comprehensive examination of the political dimensions of that madcap comic poet Aristophanes. Rejecting the claim that Aristophanes is little more than a mere comedian, the contributors to this fascinating volume demonstrate that Aristophanes deserves to be placed in the ranks of the greatest Greek political thinkers. As these essays reveal, all of Aristophanes’ plays treat issues of fundamental political importance, from war and peace, poverty and wealth, the relation between the sexes, demagoguery and democracy to the role of philosophy and poetry in political society. Accessible to students as well as scholars, The Political Theory of Aristophanes can be utilized easily in the classroom, but at the same time serve as a valuable source for those conducting more advanced research. Whether the field is political philosophy, classical studies, history, or literary criticism, this work will make it necessary to reconceptualize how we understand this great Athenian poet and force us to recognize the political ramifications and underpinnings of his uproarious comedies.


C S Lewis on Politics and the Natural Law

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ISBN: 9781107108240
Release Date: 2016-08-11
Number of pages: 170
Author: Justin Buckley Dyer
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Download and read online C S Lewis on Politics and the Natural Law in PDF and EPUB This book shows how Lewis was interested in the truths and falsehoods about human nature and how these conceptions manifest themselves in the public square.


To Secure These Rights

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ISBN: 9780814730669
Release Date: 1995-06-01
Number of pages: 315
Author: Scott Douglas Gerber
Publisher: NYU Press

Download and read online To Secure These Rights in PDF and EPUB Scott Douglas Gerber here argues that the Constitution of the United States should be interpreted in light of the natural rights political philosophy of the Declaration of Independence and that the Supreme Court is the institution of American government that should be primarily responsible for identifying and applying that philosophy in American life. Importantly, the theory advanced in this book - what Gerber calls "liberal originalism" - is neither consistently "liberal" nor consistently "conservative" in the modern conception of those terms. Rather, the theory is liberal in the classic sense of viewing the basic purpose of government to be safeguarding the natural rights of individuals. As Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, "to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men". In essence, Gerber maintains that the Declaration articulates the philosophical ends of our nation and that the Constitution embodies the means to effectuate those ends. From the opening chapter's bold revision of the character of the American Revolution to the closing chapter's provocative reinterpretation of many of the most famous cases in Supreme Court history, this book demonstrates the importance of approaching constitutional interpretation from more than one discipline. Indeed, Gerber's analysis reveals that the Constitution cannot be properly understood without recourse to history, political philosophy, and law.