The spirit of modern republicanism : the moral vision of the American founders and the philosophy of Locke /
Thomas L. Pangle.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1988.
x, 334 p. ; 24 cm.
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Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1988.
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 315-328.
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Appeared in Choice on 1988-12:
Pangle (University of Toronto), author of Montesquieu's Philosophy of Liberalism (CH, Jun '74), has written a very valuable study of the Lockean origins of the liberal political and economic principles that informed the American founding. Pangle's new book, together with his earlier and related study of Montesquieu, trace the impact of the political principles of the two political philosophers, Locke and Montesquieu, who had the greatest impact on the political theory and the moral philosophy that provide the intellectual foundation of the American regime. The author integrates the best recent studies of Locke (Richard Ashcraft's Revolutionary Politics & Locke's Two Treatises of Government, CH, Dec '86, and Nathan Tarcov's Locke's Education for Liberty, 1984) with the leading studies of the intellectual roots of the American founding (such as Forrest McDonald's Novus Ordo Seclorum, CH, May '86) to create a work of distinctive breadth and value. Although this book will not be immediately accessible to lower-division undergraduates, it will richly repay the effort that it will require of upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and scholars. -C. Jillson, University of Colorado at Boulder
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
A Critique of the Leading Interpretations of the Political Theory Informing the Foundingp. 5
The Old Orthodoxy and Its Demisep. 7
Marx and Weberp. 11
The Hartz Thesisp. 25
"Classical Republicanism"p. 28
The Framers' Conception of Civic Virtue, and the Philosophic Contests Out of Which That Conception Emergesp. 41
The New "Publius"p. 43
The Classical Analysis of Civic Virtuep. 48
The Modern Rivals of the Classicsp. 72
The Eclipse of the Intellectual Virtuesp. 74
The New Meaning of the Active Virtuesp. 89
The New Basis of "Legitimate Government"p. 112
Liberty and Human Naturep. 117
The Unanswered Questionsp. 124
The Lockean Conception of Human Naturep. 129
The Unifying Thread of the Two Treatisesp. 131
Propertyp. 141
The Problem of the Familyp. 172
The Rational Basis of Moralityp. 184
The Divine and Human Supports for Justicep. 198
The Rational Familyp. 230
The "State of Nature"p. 244
The Rational Commonwealthp. 252
Rational Freedom and Human Dignityp. 262
Conclusionp. 276
Notesp. 281
Bibliography of Modern Works Citedp. 315
Indexp. 329
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