The Family and the Political Self

The Family and the Political Self

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Having children is the most common aim among human beings. The Family and the Political Self aims to capture the insights that can be gleaned from taking this truth seriously. One truth is that human beings may not be as self-interested as is commonly supposed. In this book Laurence Thomas argues that the best construal of the political self reflects this truth.show more

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"Laurence Thomas's new book, The Family and the Political Self is a highly original, thought provoking, and movingly written meditation on the proposition that human beings are capable of and very frequently demonstrate that they actually have considerable altruism." - Bernard R. Boxill, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillshow more

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Uniquely valued; 2. Reconceptualizing the moral self; 3. The family as a model for society; 4. From family to E Pluribus Unum; Epilogue: the liberty between Plato and modern liberalism.show more

About Laurence Thomas

Laurence Thomas is Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Political Science in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.show more

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