Locke in America: The Moral Philosophy of the Founding Era

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"One of Huyler's great strengths is his confrontation with and representation of the historical Locke, which affords his work an important and unusual status and allows him to reinterpret Locke in ways that are often original and insightful. This book makes a substantial contribution to the continuing dismantling of the republican/no Locke interperpretation of eighteenth-century Anglo-American political thought as well as to Locke scholarship itself."—Gordon J. Schochet, author of The Authoritarian Family and ...
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Overview

"One of Huyler's great strengths is his confrontation with and representation of the historical Locke, which affords his work an important and unusual status and allows him to reinterpret Locke in ways that are often original and insightful. This book makes a substantial contribution to the continuing dismantling of the republican/no Locke interperpretation of eighteenth-century Anglo-American political thought as well as to Locke scholarship itself."—Gordon J. Schochet, author of The Authoritarian Family and Political Attitudes in Seventeenth-Century England

"Huyler carries his new and persuasive interpretation of Locke onto the battlefield of American historiography and plants the flag of Lockean liberalism, rightly understood, atop the high moral and ideological ground of the founding of the American Republic. His passion is evident, but appropriately restrained. He treats the victims of his critique—and it's a long and distinguished list-graciously and fairly. He also writes well, with flashes of eloquence."—Steven M. Dworetz, author of The Unvarnished Doctrine: Locke, Liberalism, and the American Revolution

Author Biography: Jerome Huyler, a freelance writer, received his Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research and has lectured at New York University, Iona College, and SUNY-Purchase.

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The author-a freelance writer with a Ph. D. from the New School for Social Research-states that "this book began as a doctoral dissertation," and, indeed, it has all of the virtues-and faults-of this genre: it's thorough, detailed, and prolix, with an exhaustive review and examination of the pertinent literature and extensive footnotes. Huyler traces the rise and fall of the academy's attitude toward the extent of Locke's influence on the founders of the American nation. Initially, Locke was considered to have greatly influenced the founders, but recent scholarship discounts this theory. This study argues persuasively that the original conception is the correct one. Recommended strictly for academic collections in history, philosophy, and political science.-Leon H. Brody, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Lib., Washington, D.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700611089
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Series: American Political Thought Series
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Locke in America - The State of the Debate 1
1 Interpreting Locke's Thought and Assessing Its Influence 29
2 Seventeenth-Century Background: The Threat to Authority 42
3 The Philosophical Foundations of Locke's Social Thought 79
4 The Virtue of Industriousness for the Benefit of Life 101
5 A Benignant Egoism: John Locke's Social Ethic 120
6 The True, Original, Extent, and End of Civil Government 149
7 Eighteenth-Century Background: Locke in America 175
8 The Spirit of '76 209
9 The Constitution of '87 251
10 The "Triumph" of Antifederalism 274
Notes 309
Bibliography 365
Index 381
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