Publius and Political Imagination - Modernity and Political Thought (Hardback)Jason Frank (author)
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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 198
Weight: 422 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 19 mm
Publius and Political Imagination is a study of The Federalist Papers, but not a conventional one. This is promising. Although a classic cannot be exhausted, the scholarship of the past half-century has canvassed The Federalist to a point near redundancy. Yet, Jason Frank does not offer yet another commentary on The Federalist but a highly nuanced interpretation that frequently hovers above the text to reveal a facet of the work overlooked by standard accounts. More importantly, Professor Frank links this facet to a critical . . . aim of Publius that goes well beyond the merits of the Constitution and the case for ratification. He calls this political imagination, and argues that the authors of The Federalist adroitly drew upon it to bestow legitimacy on the (irregular) act of the Founding as well as buoy the attenuated republicanism it embodied. * Publius: The Journal of Federalism *
In this thoughtful and provocative collection of essays, Jason Frank challenges conventional understandings of Publius as a legalistic, mechanistic, and decidedly undemocratic thinker. Instead he has given us a new Publius, one more imaginative in his vision of a modern democratic nation and more expansive in his expectations about the possibilities of modern democratic politics. For those who read this book, the Federalist Papers will never sound quite the same again. -- Michael Lienesch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jason Frank has written a penetrating study of the Federalist Papers and its place in American political thought and practice from the Founding period to the present. He deals in earnest with the complexity of the book and the way its new political science succeeded in doing what it set out to do: providing republican remedies for republican deficiencies. An outstanding feature of the book is the way it shows how the Federalist authors used representation as a device to discourage direct political participation on the national level of the great majority of citizens. The more directly democratic Antifederalist position is explored with considerable insight and sympathy. The book is a model of scrupulous and engaged scholarship. -- George Kateb, Princeton University
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