Revolutionary Values for a New Millennium: John Adams, Adam Smith, and Social Virtue

Revolutionary Values for a New Millennium: John Adams, Adam Smith, and Social Virtue

by John E. Hill
     
 

ISBN-10: 0739101021

ISBN-13: 9780739101025

Pub. Date: 03/15/2000

Publisher: Lexington Books

America's founders believed that democracy required virtuous citizens. The values they emphasized were heavily influenced by their religious background and included the pursuit of happiness, equality, and liberty. But liberty did not trump community; individual freedom was described within the context of the community. In addition to these virtues, the founders

Overview

America's founders believed that democracy required virtuous citizens. The values they emphasized were heavily influenced by their religious background and included the pursuit of happiness, equality, and liberty. But liberty did not trump community; individual freedom was described within the context of the community. In addition to these virtues, the founders advocated universalism, tolerance, moderation, and concern for the common good as requirements for a just society—values relevant for a new millennium. John Hill draws on the extensive written record of the thought of John Adams, the "Atlas of American Independence," and Adam Smith, known as the father of modern capitalism, to argue for a balanced, values-based, and just political economy. Hill finds that Adams, commonly conceived as a rugged individualist, emphasized political balance, with no one social class politically dominating any other. Smith favored economic balance, in which no class or individual received special treatment from the government. In his study Hill challenges common interpretations of the political thought of Adams and Smith, providing scholars and students with an engaging and novel portrait of social and political theory in America, at its founding and at the inception of the twenty-first century.

Author Biography: John E. Hill is Professor and Chairperson of the Politics and History Department at Curry College.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739101025
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
03/15/2000
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.92(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 John Adams? Chapter 2 Revolutionary Values Chapter 3 Virtues for Democratic Citizens Chapter 4 Individuality within Communities Chapter 5 Government and Self-Interest Chapter 6 Self-Interest and the Economy Chapter 7 Property and Democracy Chapter 8 Democracy: Political Equality and Justice for All

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