The Political Theory of the American Founding: Natural Rights, Public Policy, and the Moral Conditions of Freedom

By | January 27, 2018
The Political Theory of the American Founding: Natural Rights, Public Policy, and the Moral Conditions of Freedom Author Thomas G. West
ISBN-10 1316506037
ISBN-13 9781316506035
Year 2017-04-03
Pages 426
Language English
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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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 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

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