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Nature's Man: Thomas Jefferson's Philosophical Anthropology - Jeffersonian America (Hardback)
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Nature's Man: Thomas Jefferson's Philosophical Anthropology - Jeffersonian America (Hardback)

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Hardback 216 Pages / Published: 21/03/2013
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Although scholars have adequately covered Thomas Jefferson's general ideas about human nature and race, this is the first book to examine what Maurizio Valsania terms Jefferson's ""philosophical anthropology""-philosophical in the sense that he concerned himself not with describing how humans are, culturally or otherwise, but with the kind of human being Jefferson thought he was, wanted to become, and wished for citizens to be for the future of the United States. Valsania's exploration of this philosophical anthropology touches on Jefferson's concepts of nationalism, slavery, gender roles, modernity, affiliation, and community. More than that, Nature's Man shows how Jefferson could advocate equality and yet control and own other human beings.

A humanist who asserted the right of all people to personal fulfilment, Jefferson nevertheless had a complex philosophy that also acknowledged the dynamism of nature and the limits of human imagination. Despite Jefferson's famous advocacy of apparently individualistic rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, Valsania argues that both Jefferson's yearning for the human individual to become something good and his fear that this hypothetical being would turn into something bad were rooted in a specific form of communitarianism. Absorbing and responding to certain moral-philosophical currents in Europe, Jefferson's nature-infused vision underscored the connection between the individual and the community.

Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 9780813933573
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


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This book presents in sharp focus what the idea of 'modernity' meant to the classically inspired Jefferson and captures the coherence of the moralist in his ruminative moments in ways no scholar has been able to do before now. Maurizio Valsania delivers what so many others have tried and failed to grasp: a coherent Jefferson. Wonderfully original and engaging.

--Andrew Burstein, Louisiana State University, author of The Inner Jefferson: Portrait of a Grieving Optimist and coauthor of Madison and Jefferson

Maurizio Valsania, a leading scholar of Jefferson's thought, presents a detailed study of Jefferson's ideas, examining the importance of 'philosophical anthropology' in Jefferson's thinking and delineating the European antecedents of his ideas. The result is a complex, nuanced, and important intellectual portrait of Jefferson.

--Frank Cogliano, University of Edinburgh, author of Thomas Jefferson: Reputation and Legacy (Virginia)

Nature's Man ultimately addresses imagination: who he [Jefferson was, who he wanted to be, who he wanted to become, who he wished to be for the United States, as well as what he feared in human beings] (1). While Jefferson had 'sincere aspirations for justice and liberation, 'he, nonetheless, 'was born and reared in a cruel system of social hierarchy and discrimination' (154), a 'means-to-end system of morality' (151) that creates adarker side for the 'community man' (115). Jefferson's communitarianism, Valsania shows, includes particularism, expediency, and the machinery of exclusion

--Journal of American Culture

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