The Political Philosophy of Thomas Paine [NOOK Book]

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This concise, thoughtful introduction to the work of Thomas Paine, author of Common Sense and Rights of Man, explores the sources and impact of one of the most influential minds of the American and French Revolutions.

In Jack Fruchtman Jr.'s helpful interpretation, Paine built his argument for radical revolution in 1776 on a study of nature and Providence and a belief in natural rights. Men and women owed it to themselves to break the chains of rank, hierarchy, and even ...

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Overview

This concise, thoughtful introduction to the work of Thomas Paine, author of Common Sense and Rights of Man, explores the sources and impact of one of the most influential minds of the American and French Revolutions.

In Jack Fruchtman Jr.'s helpful interpretation, Paine built his argument for radical revolution in 1776 on a study of nature and Providence and a belief in natural rights. Men and women owed it to themselves to break the chains of rank, hierarchy, and even organized religion in order to live freely, embracing the possibilities of invention, progress, and equality that lay ahead. In 1793, at the height of the French Revolution and its secularizing fury, Paine reminded readers that it was nature's God who laid down natural rights. The rights of man thus held out both the great potential of freedom and the requirement that human beings be responsible for those who were the least fortunate in society. On balance we may think of him as a secular preacher for the sake of reason.

"Fruchtman's concise analysis is tightly focused... A coherent vision of Paine's work, encompassing his many contradictions."— Times Literary Supplement

"A compelling portrait of Thomas Paine as a serious, complex, and often surprising writer... This is a very useful volume for new students of US political thought, as well as for scholars seeking a quick but illuminating overview of Paine's writings and philosophy."— Choice

"An insightful addition to a literature on an under-appreciated democratic theorist."— New Political Science

"After reading The Political Philosophy of Thomas Paine readers will recognize consistencies in Paine's work that reveal, if not a systematic ‘political philosophy,' certainly a marvelous political thinker."— Political Studies Review

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

A compelling portrait of Thomas Paine as a serious, complex, and often surprising writer... This is a very useful volume for new students of US political thought, as well as for scholars seeking a quick but illuminating overview of Paine's writings and philosophy.

Times Literary Supplement
Fruchtman's concise analysis is tightly focused... A coherent vision of Paine's work, encompassing his many contradictions.
New Political Science
An insightful addition to a literature on an under-appreciated democratic theorist.

— Mario Feit

Political Studies Review
After reading The Political Philosophy of Thomas Paine readers will recognise consistencies in Paine's work that reveal, if not a systematic ‘political philosophy’, certainly a marvellous political thinker.

— Jeffrey D. Hilmer

Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer
Jack Fruchtman’s compact study of the political philosophy of Thomas Paine constitutes the fifth volume in the series, The Political Philosophy of the American Founders, edited by Garrett Ward Sheldon. Fruchtman’s study adds more luster to the fine reputation already enjoyed by this series in progress... [T]he reader desirous of perusing a cogent and thought-provoking exposition and analysis of Paine’s writings should consider reading, first, this monograph, multum in parvo, by Jack Fruchtman.
Claremont Review of Books
Fruchtman is a Paine enthusiast, and if this succinct account does not provide the same biographical stir one gets from other works (his earlier book included), it is nonetheless a great way for the newcomer to appreciate the range, diversity, and raw power and brilliance of Paine's ideas.
New Political Science - Mario Feit
An insightful addition to a literature on an under-appreciated democratic theorist.
Political Studies Review - Jeffrey D. Hilmer
After reading The Political Philosophy of Thomas Paine readers will recognise consistencies in Paine's work that reveal, if not a systematic ‘political philosophy’, certainly a marvellous political thinker.
Choice
A compelling portrait of Thomas Paine as a serious, complex, and often surprising writer... This is a very useful volume for new students of US political thought, as well as for scholars seeking a quick but illuminating overview of Paine's writings and philosophy.
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Meet the Author

Jack Fruchtman Jr. is a professor of political science at Towson University and author of Atlantic Cousins: Benjamin Franklin and His Visionary Friends, The Supreme Court: Rulings on American Government and Society, and Thomas Paine and the Religion of Nature, also published by Johns Hopkins.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Paine's Political Thought in Historical Context 15

2 Faith and Reason, Human Nature and Sociability 28

3 Common Sense, Authority, and Autonomy 56

4 Permanent Revolution and Constitution Making 77

5 From a "Hamiltonian" Spirit to Public Welfare 103

6 Public Spirit, Civic Engagement, and Evolutionary Change 134

Conclusion 151

Appendix: A Note on Paine's American National Consciousness 157

Notes 167

Recommended Reading 205

Index 207

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