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Jefferson and Nature: An Interpretation

Jefferson and Nature: An Interpretation

by Charles A. Miller
     
 

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Jefferson and Nature is the first comprehensive study to take Jefferson completely at his word--his favorite word. Nature--the term and the many ideas associated with it--pervades Jefferson's life and writings.

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Jefferson and Nature is the first comprehensive study to take Jefferson completely at his word--his favorite word. Nature--the term and the many ideas associated with it--pervades Jefferson's life and writings.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Miller (politics, Lake Forest) employs Jefferson's concept of naturehis all-purpose explanation for American geography, life, and societyas a connecting thread in a brilliant evaluation of his life and thought. In doing so, the author provides the best explanation ever of Jefferson's apparent inconsistenciesat once visionary and idealistic, practical and materialistic. To Jefferson, nature revealed proper religion, ethics, aesthetics, politics, and economics better than history, theology, or ideology. Not a systematic philosophy, but a convenient ``myth for all purposes,'' nature meant whatever Jefferson wanted it to mean; it is the key that unlocks Jefferson's universe. This is profound intellectual history. Harry W. Fritz, Univ. of Montana, Missoula

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801835933
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
09/01/1988
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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