The Lost Soul of American Politics: Virtue, Self-Interest, and the Foundations of Liberalism

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University of Chicago Press, 15 aug. 1986 - 409 pagina's
The Lost Soul of American Politics is a provocative new interpretation of American political thought from the Founding Fathers to the Neo-Conservatives. Reassessing the motives and intentions of such great political thinkers as Madison, Thoreau, Lincoln, and Emerson, John P. Diggins shows how these men struggled to create an alliance between the politics of self-interest and a religious sense of moral responsibility—a tension that still troubles us today.
 

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Xlll
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From the Revolution to the Constitution
48
THE CONSTITUTION AS AN ISSUE WITH ANTIQUITY
55
THE MISERY OF POLITICS AND THE SPHERE OF GOVERNMENT
62
John Adams the Federalist and the Refutation
69
HUMAN MOTIVATION HISTORICAL EXPERIENCE AND THE DECEPTIONS
85
Not That Virtue Is Great But That Temptation
100
THE FRONTIER POPULISM PROGRESSIVISM
118
LAW THE STATE AND THE ROMANTIC HISTORIANS
175
Locke Calvinism and the Transcendentalist
192
WALDEN THE SPECTRE OF LOCKE AND THOREAUs METAPHYSICAL PUZ
206
POLITICAL AUTHORITY DISOBEDIENCE AND THE RESPRIVATA
217
VIRTUE REDEFINED
223
FROM EGOISMS TO VIRTUOUS MATERIALISM
244
Epilogue Liberalism and Calvinism in Contemporary
334
The Problem of Ideology
347

Ten Issues in Search of Authority
131
THE PARTY SYSTEM
137
COMMUNITY SOCIETY AND THE STATE
150
THE PROBLEM OF TRUTH AND CHANGE
156
An Idea in Search of an Institution
163
The Problem of Motivation and Causation
353
The Problem of Language
359
notes
366
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John Patrick Diggins: April 1, 1935 - January 28, 2009 John Patrick Diggins was born in San Francisco on April 1, 1935. He was a professor of history at the City University of New York Graduate Center, the author of more than a dozen books on widely varied subjects in American intellectual history. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1957, a master's degree at San Francisco State College, and a doctorate at the University of Southern California in 1964. Before accepting a job at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 1990, he taught intellectual history at San Francisco State College and the University of California, Irvine. Diggins wrote numerous books during his lifetime including Mussolini and Fascism (1972), On Hallowed Ground (2000), Eugene O'Neill's America: Desire under Democracy (2007), and Ronald Reagan: Fate, Freedom and the Making of History (2007). He died due to complications of colon cancer on January 28, 2009 at the age of 73.

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