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If men were angels : James Madison and the heartless empire of reason

Author: Richard K Matthews
Publisher: Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, ©1995.
Series: American political thought.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The ever-wary James Madison viewed his fellow citizens as anything but angelic. In this radically new interpretation, Richard Matthews portrays a much less optimistic (and yet more liberal) Madison than we've seen before. Neither civic humanist nor democrat, this Madison is a distrusting, calculating, and pragmatic Machiavellian Prince. Unlike previous authors, Matthews goes well beyond Madison's work on the  Read more...
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Named Person: James Madison; James Madison
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard K Matthews
ISBN: 0700606432 9780700606436 9780700608072 0700608079
OCLC Number: 31172892
Description: xviii, 297 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction : in search of the "Great little Madison" --
1. James Madison : constant liberal prince --
2. Madison's worldview : indolent humanity, Malthusian reality, and "the economy of nature" --
3. Madisonian humanity : the timid individual and passionate groups --
4. Civil society : the politics of economics and society --
5. Property : rights and possessions, Democracy and despair --
6. Madisonian government : "The greatest of all reflections?" --
7. Jefferson's Madison : "Frigid speculations" or "Generous spasms of the heart" --
8. The Madisonian dream : the illusion of a future --
Selected bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: American political thought.
Responsibility: Richard K. Matthews.
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