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The American Founding and the Social Compact (Hardback)
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The American Founding and the Social Compact (Hardback)

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Hardback 296 Pages / Published: 25/08/2003
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The American Founding and the Social Compact is a first-rate collection of essays that examine the shared political ideas of the American Founders with a particular focus on the theory of the social compact. As this volume so convincingly argues, an understanding of social compact theory is essential for understanding the Founders' ideas about human nature, government and politics.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739106648
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 494 g
Dimensions: 232 x 153 x 22 mm


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This study is thoroughly reseached, it engages critically with the existing literature, and it is convincingly argued. * Political Studies Review *
This book magnificently succeeds in restoring the politics of natural right as an intelligible and persuasive alternative to the politics of historicism. * Claremont Review of Books *
Recommended. * CHOICE *
This volume makes a massive contribution to our understanding of the founding by emphasizing the social compact political theory behind the founding. This allows the various and thoughtful authors to be guided by those special qualities that inhere in the social compact theory-the ideas of nature, equality, liberty, and consent-and to interpret its meaning; this is the often forgotten, yet necessary, condition that helps explain how our constitutional democracy can work so well. I heartily recommend this volume to all students of the founding. -- Peter W. Schramm, Executive Director of the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs and a Professor of Political Science at Ashland University

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