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Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles
     

Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles

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by Thomas Sowell
 

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ISBN-10: 0465002056

ISBN-13: 9780465002054

Pub. Date: 06/04/2007

Publisher: Basic Books

In this classic work, Thomas Sowell analyzes the two competing visions that shape our debates about the nature of reason, justice, equality, and power: the “constrained” vision, which sees human nature as unchanging and selfish, and the “unconstrained” vision, in which human nature is malleable and perfectible. He describes how these two

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In this classic work, Thomas Sowell analyzes the two competing visions that shape our debates about the nature of reason, justice, equality, and power: the “constrained” vision, which sees human nature as unchanging and selfish, and the “unconstrained” vision, in which human nature is malleable and perfectible. He describes how these two radically opposed views have manifested themselves in the political controversies of the past two centuries, including such contemporary issues as welfare reform, social justice, and crime. Updated to include sweeping political changes since its first publication in 1987, this revised edition of A Conflict of Visions offers a convincing case that ethical and policy disputes circle around the disparity between both outlooks.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465002054
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
06/04/2007
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
128,133
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Part IPatterns
1The Role of Visions3
2Constrained and Unconstrained Visions9
3Visions of Knowledge and Reason35
4Visions of Social Processes67
5Varieties and Dynamics of Visions99
Part IIApplications
6Visions of Equality129
7Visions of Power151
8Visions of Justice187
9Visions, Values, and Paradigms223
Notes255
Index285

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Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Hapax More than 1 year ago
I wanted a good book on the difference between "Liberal" and "Conservative" and got much more. This is a book that describes the reasons we think what we think in the American Political sense. It takes both a dictionary and patience to read it right.
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EKC More than 1 year ago
Finally, a consise explanation of what progressives and non-progressives believe and why. It explains what is going on today. Anyone with a concern for where the country is going today needs to read and understand this book. An absolute must.
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AllenIN More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book if you want to understand the underlying assumptions behind today's conservative and liberal movements.