Philosophy, The Federalist, and the Constitution

Philosophy, The Federalist, and the Constitution

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In 1787, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison wrote The Federalist to rally support for the ratification of the Constitution of the United States. In spite of the pragmatic intentions of the authors, they often implicitly expressed themselves in philosophical language, drawing from the major philosophers of their day, notably Locke and Hume. In this book, Morton White presents the first synoptic view of the major philosopical ideas in The Federalist. Using the tools of philosophy and intellectual history, he examines the theories and disciplines used in different degrees by the founding fathers in defence of the Constitution. 'Thoroughly researched and carefully argued; this is an important book.'The Library Journalshow more

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  • Paperback | 284 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 476.27g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0195059484
  • 9780195059489

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Exhibits a strong intellect at work on an important task: to determine the grounding, in terms of technical philosophy, of The Federalist. It is a formidable achievement of rich scholarship that is probably definitive. * American Historical Review *show more

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