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The haunted philosophe : James Madison, republicanism, and slavery /
Scott Kester.
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Lanham, MD : Lexington Books, c2008.
description
ix, 132 p.
ISBN
073912174X (cloth : alk. paper), 9780739121740 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Lanham, MD : Lexington Books, c2008.
isbn
073912174X (cloth : alk. paper)
9780739121740 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Religion -- Madison, Christianity, and deism -- Madison's concern for religious freedom and a separation of church and state -- Madison's republicanism -- Republicanism vs. monarchy and aristocracy -- Manifest destiny -- American exceptionalism -- The British and the French and American politics -- Religious republicanism -- Slavery and the limits of Madison's vision -- Madison's ideological conflict over slavery -- Law and justice.
catalogue key
6413027
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Scott J. Kester is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.
Reviews
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An excellent introduction to some fascinating aspects of Madison's thought.
No one interested in the founding fathers of our country will be able to put this work down. The theme is timely and the text well written. I would hope teachers of early American history would adopt this text as a supplement both on the college and seminary level.
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Summaries
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James Madison was a man of the Enlightenment and a believer in progress. He viewed America's Revolution as not simply a breaking away from the despotic British Empire, but a breaking away from the Old World monarchial system represented by that empire. He saw the American Revolution as a process whereby man was trying to become free. Although he used Christian vocabulary in his writing, there is in his correspondence an indication of a shift from a Christian kind of mental framework to a Deism common to Enlightenment philosophes. While Madison's papers lack a sense that salvation would come through Christ, they are marked by a strong sense of salvation from republicanism. Madison's republicanism meant a rejection of monarchy and aristocracy as found in Europe, territorial expansion with the spread of freedom, and a transmuted version of John Winthrop's Puritan vision ”instead of a new Israel, America would be an example of freedom to the rest of the world. The British were enemies to the republican vision ”ideological enemies whose opposition to France showed them to be enemies of liberty and even of human nature itself. Meanwhile, Madison saw France as carrying the torch of liberty and following the admirable lead of the United States. Madison's sense of the progress of freedom was international in scope. Madison believed republicanism would free mankind from the shackles of the past, implying that universal peace might come through government of the people. The chief problem with this vision was slavery, which he saw as hypocritical in a republic, since republicanism was supposed to bring justice. A tension in his ideology came to the surface in a tangible historical context, Madison being a slave-owner himself. He wanted to believe in progress, but was haunted by Christianity, especially Calvinism, for this worldview allowed that no structural arrangements could solve the problem of sin.
Main Description
James Madison was a man of the Enlightenment and a believer in progress. He viewed America's Revolution as not simply a breaking away from the despotic British Empire, but a breaking away from the Old World monarchial system represented by that empire. He saw the American Revolution as a process whereby man was trying to become free. Although he used Christian vocabulary in his writing, there is in his correspondence an indication of a shift from a Christian kind of mental framework to a Deism common to Enlightenment philosophes. While Madison's papers lack a sense that salvation would come through Christ, they are marked by a strong sense of salvation through republicanism.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
A Note on Editingp. ix
Introduction: James Madison in His Contextp. 1
Religionp. 21
Madison, Christianity, and Deism
Madison's Concern for Religious Freedom and a Separation of Church and State
Madison's Republicanismp. 49
Republicanism vs. Monarchy and Aristocracy
Manifest Destiny
American Exceptionalism
The British and the French and American Politics
Religious Republicanism
Slavery and the Limits of Madison's Visionp. 99
Madison's Ideological Conflict over Slavery
Law and Justice
Conclusionp. 123
Bibliographyp. 127
Indexp. 131
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