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Natural Rights Individualism and Progressivism in American Political Philosophy

Natural Rights Individualism and Progressivism in American Political Philosophy

Volume 29

Part 2

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Part of Social Philosophy and Policy

Thomas G. West, Paul A. Rahe, Craig Yirush, C. Bradley, Eric Mack, James W. Ceaser, Eldon J. Eisenach, Tiffany Jones Miller, James W. Ely, Jr, Adam Mossoff, Ronald J. Pestritto, Michael Zuckert
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  • Date Published: August 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107641945

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  • The essays in this collection investigate two political traditions and their critical interactions. The first series of essays deals with the development of natural rights individualism, some examining its origins in the thought of the seminal political theorist, John Locke, and the influential constitutional theorist, Montesquieu, others the impact of their theories on intellectual leaders during the American Revolution and the Founding era, and still others the culmination of this tradition in the writings of nineteenth-century individualists such as Lysander Spooner. The second series of essays focuses on the Progressive repudiation of natural rights individualism and its far-reaching effect on American politics and public policy.

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    "The insolvency of our national government and several liberal Democratic states, Detroit's bankruptcy, and the continuing struggles of European welfare states suggest that the Progressive answer, whatever it may be, is not as viable as our dominant intellectual culture has thought … The essays present scholarship from a range of disciplines, including intellectual history, political science, American history, philosophy, and law … such collaborations help to redress the imbalance of views in higher education and our elite culture, which is an element of our worsening cultural insolvency."
    Paul O. Carrese, Claremont Review of Books

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    • Date Published: August 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107641945
    • length: 389 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 151 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The ground of Locke's law of nature Thomas G. West
    2. Montesquieu's natural rights constitutionalism Paul A. Rahe
    3. The idea of rights in the imperial crisis Craig Yirush
    4. Thompson on declaring the laws and rights of nature C. Bradley
    5. Lysander Spooner: nineteenth-century America's last natural rights theorist Eric Mack
    6. Progressivism and the doctrine of natural rights James W. Ceaser
    7. Some second thoughts on progressivism and rights Eldon J. Eisenach
    8. Freedom, history, and race in progressive thought Tiffany Jones Miller
    9. The progressive era assault on individualism and property rights James W. Ely, Jr
    10. Saving Locke from Marx: the labor theory of value in intellectual property theory Adam Mossoff
    11. Roosevelt, Wilson, and the democratic theory of national progressivism Ronald J. Pestritto
    12. On the separation of powers: liberal and progressive constitutionalism Michael Zuckert.

  • Editors

    Ellen Frankel Paul, Bowling Green State University, Ohio

    Jeffrey Paul, Bowling Green State University, Ohio

    Fred D. Miller, Jr, Bowling Green State University, Ohio


    Thomas G. West, Paul A. Rahe, Craig Yirush, C. Bradley, Eric Mack, James W. Ceaser, Eldon J. Eisenach, Tiffany Jones Miller, James W. Ely, Jr, Adam Mossoff, Ronald J. Pestritto, Michael Zuckert

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