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American Views of Liberty presents diverse views of the American understanding of human liberty. This book begins rather traditionally with the Declaration of Independence, but with the un-Jeffersonian view that the Declaration's defense of liberty is not free from Christian presuppositions. That public defense differs from Jefferson's private mixture of Epicureanism and secularized Christianity, which is untenable. Attention is then given to the criticisms of American liberty found in four penetrating ...
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American Views of Liberty presents diverse views of the American understanding of human liberty. This book begins rather traditionally with the Declaration of Independence, but with the un-Jeffersonian view that the Declaration's defense of liberty is not free from Christian presuppositions. That public defense differs from Jefferson's private mixture of Epicureanism and secularized Christianity, which is untenable. Attention is then given to the criticisms of American liberty found in four penetrating bestsellers by Bloom, Bellah, D'Souza, and Fukuyama. Liberty as political liberty is examined in The Federalist and George Bush's failed constitutionalism. The noble defense of human liberty against liberalism is displayed through an overview of contemporary conservative factionalism and through Alexis de Tocqueville's criticism of the therapeutic despotism of the administrative state. The guiding intention of this book is to oppose the therapeutic project to put death to death, and so to bring history or human liberty to an end.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820424125
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Series: Major Concepts in Politics and Political
  • Pages: 183
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Theology and America's Liberal Democracy 1
2 Classical Ethics, Jefferson's Christian Epicureanism, and American Morality 15
3 Bloom's Idiosyncratic History of the University 29
4 Reflections on Bloom and His Critics 43
5 The Problem of Democratic Individualism 55
6 How Education Became Illiberal 67
7 Fukuyama Versus the End of History 81
8 The Federalist's Hostility to Leadership and the Crisis of the Contemporary Presidency 101
9 The Constitutional Presidency of George Bush 121
10 In Search of American Conservatism 141
11 Tocqueville on Administration and for Administrators 153
Index 181
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