The Foundations of American Citizenship: Liberalism, the Constitution, and Civic Virtue / Edition 1

The Foundations of American Citizenship: Liberalism, the Constitution, and Civic Virtue / Edition 1

by Richard C. Sinopoli, Sinopoli
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195070674

ISBN-13: 9780195070675

Pub. Date: 04/28/1992

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This study of exemplary writings from the debates over the ratification of the 1787 Constitution deals with the American constitutional founders' understandings of citizenship and civic virtue. Discussion of these debates is set in an analytical and historical context, addressing the rationales for and the nature of civic allegiance in liberal political regimes.

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This study of exemplary writings from the debates over the ratification of the 1787 Constitution deals with the American constitutional founders' understandings of citizenship and civic virtue. Discussion of these debates is set in an analytical and historical context, addressing the rationales for and the nature of civic allegiance in liberal political regimes. Sinopoli analyzes the development of a distinctly liberal political psychology from its origins in John Locke, Adam Smith, and David Hume through the American founding and traces its implications for the current American polity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195070675
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1992
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.94(d)
Lexile:
1630L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1Introduction: The Constitutional Founders' Liberalism and Civic Virtue3
IProblems and Predecessors
2Liberal Community and Civic Virtue: An Analysis19
3John Locke: Acting on Natural Law Duties and the Problem of Civic Motivations39
4The Psychology of Citizenship: The Scottish Connection53
IIThe Constitutional Founders' Theories of Citizenship
5The Federalist: Liberal Commitments85
6Publius's Liberalism and Civic Virtue101
7The Anti-Federalists and Civic Virtue129
8Conclusion: American Citizenship Viewed from the Founding157
Appendix: A Note on Method173
Notes179
Index211

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