Thomas Jefferson and Philosophy: Essays on the Philosophical Cast of Jefferson's Writings

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Though it is not uncommon for historians to have something to say concerning philosophical strands in Jefferson’s thought, that something is usually insubstantial—often misleadingly so—or inchoate. Overall, precious little has been said. The significance of the man and the richness of his thought demands that this defect be remedied.

Thomas Jefferson and Philosophy is a collection of nine new essays on philosophical elements in Jefferson’s writings. The first of its kind, this ...

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Overview

Though it is not uncommon for historians to have something to say concerning philosophical strands in Jefferson’s thought, that something is usually insubstantial—often misleadingly so—or inchoate. Overall, precious little has been said. The significance of the man and the richness of his thought demands that this defect be remedied.

Thomas Jefferson and Philosophy is a collection of nine new essays on philosophical elements in Jefferson’s writings. The first of its kind, this collection should lead to further philosophical analysis of Jefferson’s thinking—especially by philosophers, who tend to appreciate Jefferson only as the author of the Declaration of Independence—and to greater appreciation for the man who gave to statesmanship a large number of the prime of his years out of a moral sense of duty to others. In that regard, Jefferson was always first a philosopher.

This book will be a valuable read for students and scholars of history, political theory, and philosophy, as well as anyone interested in the thought of Thomas Jefferson.

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Ari Helo
“This impressive collection of essays offers a good introduction to the central questions of Jefferson scholarship, seeking genuinely to understand his thought rather than only to judge the man by the standards of our own time.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739180914
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 12/1/2013
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

M. Andrew Holowchak teaches philosophy at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey. His authored books include Dutiful Correspondent: Philosophical Essays on Thomas Jefferson and Freud and Utopia: From Cosmological Narcissism to the Soft Dictatorship of Reason.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: The Philosophical Trinity of Jefferson’s Political Theory
Chapter 2: Thomas Jefferson: A Lawyer’s Path to a Legal Philosophy
Chapter 3: Individual Liberty and Political Unity in an Expanding Nation: The Axiological Primacy of Wards in Jefferson’s Republican Schema
Chapter 4: Thomas Jefferson’s Land Ethics
Chapter 5: Thomas Jefferson’s Letter to the Danbury Baptist Association: The Meaning of the Famous “Wall of Separation” Metaphor
Chapter 6: Jefferson in Paris: Rewriting the Problems of Slavery, Slaveholding, Family, and Codependency
Chapter 7: The Ultimate Defense of Liberty: Thomas Jefferson’s Philosophy of Education
Chapter 8: The March of Morality: Making Sense of Jefferson’s Moral Sense
Chapter 9: Thomas Jefferson’s Architectural and Landscape Aesthetics: Sources and Meaning
About the Contributors
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