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

Filename: the-political-theory-of-the-american-founding.pdf
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.


Natural Rights and the New Republicanism

Filename: natural-rights-and-the-new-republicanism.pdf
ISBN: 0691059705
Release Date: 1998-03-09
Number of pages: 410
Author: Michael P. Zuckert
Publisher: Princeton University Press

Download and read online Natural Rights and the New Republicanism in PDF and EPUB In Natural Rights and the New Republicanism, 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 politics--an 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. The Whigs were particularly influenced by the Dutch natural law philosopher Hugo Grotius. However, as Zuckert shows, by the mid-eighteenth century John Locke had replaced Grotius as the philosopher of the Whigs. Zuckert's analysis concludes with a penetrating examination of John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon, the English "Cato," who, he argues, brought together Lockean political philosophy and pre-existing Whig political science into a new and powerful synthesis. Although it has been misleadingly presented as a separate "classical republican" tradition in recent scholarly discussions, it is this "new republicanism" that served as the philosophical point of departure for the founders of the American republic.


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.


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 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.


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.


Two Treatises of Government

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ISBN: HARVARD:32044009555855
Release Date: 1824
Number of pages: 277
Author: John Locke
Publisher:

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The American Founding and the Social Compact

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ISBN: 0739106651
Release Date: 2003-01-01
Number of pages: 283
Author: Ronald J. Pestritto
Publisher: Lexington Books

Download and read online The American Founding and the Social Compact in PDF and EPUB This work emphasizes the coherence and intelligibility of the social compact theory which, in spite of the partisan politics of the founding period, was one of the founders' unifying philosophical positions. It presents a comprehensive overview of the social compact theory.


The Natural Rights Republic

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ISBN: UOM:39015036077454
Release Date: 1996
Number of pages: 298
Author: Michael P. Zuckert
Publisher:

Download and read online The Natural Rights Republic in PDF and EPUB By emphasizing the political philosophy -- as opposed political science -- underlying the founding of the United States, Zuckert breaks new ground in the field of America political science and sends the contemporary debates about redefining America back to their ideological roots.


History of American Political Thought

Filename: history-of-american-political-thought.pdf
ISBN: 0739106244
Release Date: 2003-01-01
Number of pages: 834
Author: Bryan-Paul Frost
Publisher: Lexington Books

Download and read online History of American Political Thought in PDF and EPUB This book is a collection of secondary essays on America's most important philosophic thinkers—statesmen, judges, writers, educators, and activists—from the colonial period to the present. Each essay is a comprehensive introduction to the thought of a noted American on the fundamental meaning of the American regime.


A Culture of Rights

Filename: a-culture-of-rights.pdf
ISBN: 0521446538
Release Date: 1992-11-27
Number of pages: 474
Author: Michael James Lacey
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Download and read online A Culture of Rights in PDF and EPUB New insights into the rights thinking and consciousness at the core of American political culture.


Natural Rights and the New Republicanism

Filename: natural-rights-and-the-new-republicanism.pdf
ISBN: 0691059705
Release Date: 1998-03-09
Number of pages: 410
Author: Michael P. Zuckert
Publisher: Princeton University Press

Download and read online Natural Rights and the New Republicanism in PDF and EPUB In Natural Rights and the New Republicanism, 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 politics--an 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. The Whigs were particularly influenced by the Dutch natural law philosopher Hugo Grotius. However, as Zuckert shows, by the mid-eighteenth century John Locke had replaced Grotius as the philosopher of the Whigs. Zuckert's analysis concludes with a penetrating examination of John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon, the English "Cato," who, he argues, brought together Lockean political philosophy and pre-existing Whig political science into a new and powerful synthesis. Although it has been misleadingly presented as a separate "classical republican" tradition in recent scholarly discussions, it is this "new republicanism" that served as the philosophical point of departure for the founders of the American republic.


A History of American Political Theories

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ISBN: 9781412825177
Release Date: 1928
Number of pages: 364
Author: Charles Edward Merriam
Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Download and read online A History of American Political Theories in PDF and EPUB A History of American Political Theory is a comprehensive attempt to understand the full sweep of American political thought since the founding. Working within the liberal-progressive tradition, Merriam reviewed American political history in its entirety, from the founding down to his own day. He was not out to reduce political thought to a single element such as economics alone; his aim was to encompass the whole of modem social science. The political science of the liberal-progressive tradition has roots and assumptions that were born in this period and nurtured by scholars such as Merriam. The progressive tradition in general and Merriam in particular interpreted the rise of a new science of politics that would be required for the liberal-progressive world view he represented. His work stands at a momentous fork in the road; two great traditions of how American democracy should be understood, interpreted, and analyzed parted company and afterward each went their separate ways. These traditions are represented, respectively, by the founders and the liberal-progressives. There was much at stake in these academic debates, though the consequences were not entirely foreseen at the time. An overview of the authors, works, and general source material covered in History of American Political Theories is impressive. Merriam viewed the study of American democracy as an eclectic activity embracing the broadest definition of the social sciences, with particular emphasis on psychology. Such a transformation required that the social sciences be grouped as a whole rather than fragmented into separate and distinct academic departments. Charles Merriam (1874-1953) was professor of political science at the University of Chicago. He served on the Research Committee on Social Trends under President Hebert Hoover and on the National Resources Planning Board under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He is known as the father of the behavioral movement in political science and believed that theories of political process needed to be linked to practical political activity. Sidney A. Pearson, Jr. is professor emeritus of political science at Radford University. He is the series editor of Library of Liberal Thought at Transaction Publishers. In addition, he also wrote new introductions for Presidential Leadership, The New Democracy, and Party Government, all available from Transaction.