Defining the Common Good: Empire, Religion and Philosophy in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Defining the Common Good: Empire, Religion and Philosophy in Eighteenth-Century Britain

by Peter N. Miller, Miller Peter N.
     
 

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ISBN-10: 052161712X

ISBN-13: 9780521617123

Pub. Date: 10/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book discusses the crisis of the early modern state in eighteenth-century Britain and sets it in its European context. The American Revolution and the simultaneous demand for wider religious toleration at home challenged the principles of sovereignty and obligation that underpinned arguments about the character of the state. At stake was a fundamental

Overview

This book discusses the crisis of the early modern state in eighteenth-century Britain and sets it in its European context. The American Revolution and the simultaneous demand for wider religious toleration at home challenged the principles of sovereignty and obligation that underpinned arguments about the character of the state. At stake was a fundamental challenge to the way in which politics was described. The Americans and their British supporters argued that individuals, by voting and thinking freely, ought to determine the "common good." These influential ideas continue to resonate today in the principles of "one man, one vote" and "freedom of thought."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521617123
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Series:
Ideas in Context Series, #29
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. The figure of Cicero; 2. A classical landscape; 3. State and empire; 4. The limits of sovereignty and obligation; 5. The common good, toleration and freedom of thought; 6. 'Alternatives' to the common good 1774–1776; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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