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The political theory of the American founding : natural rights, public policy, and the moral conditions of freedom

Author: Thomas G West
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas G West
ISBN: 9781107140486 110714048X 9781316506035 1316506037
OCLC Number: 964377674
Description: x, 420 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Equality, natural rights, and the laws of nature --
The case against the natural rights founding --
Equality and natural rights misunderstood --
The founder's arguments for equality, natural rights, and natural law --
The state of nature --
The social compact and consent of the governed --
Natural rights and public policy --
Why government should support morality --
How government supports morality --
Sex and marriage in political theory and policy --
Cultivating public support for liberty and virtue --
What virtues should government promote? --
The founder's virtues : questions and clarifications --
The founder's understanding of property rights --
Private ownership --
Free markets --
Sound money --
The Hamilton-Jefferson quarrel --
Conclusion : justice, nobility, and the politics of natural rights.
Responsibility: Thomas G. West.

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