Understanding Thomas Jefferson: Studies in Economics, Law, and Philosophy

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Thomas Jefferson, author of the American Declaration of Independence, first Secretary of State, second Vice-President, and third President of the United States, was the premier halberdier of the Enlightenment in America. Minister to France, 1784-89, Jefferson was linked in many ways to the French Revolution and its stupendous sequel. He finally travelled (mainly along French roads - see the Ideologues as an example) so far from his 'Lockean' origins that he verged on the work of William James and Sigmund Freud. ...
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Thomas Jefferson, author of the American Declaration of Independence, first Secretary of State, second Vice-President, and third President of the United States, was the premier halberdier of the Enlightenment in America. Minister to France, 1784-89, Jefferson was linked in many ways to the French Revolution and its stupendous sequel. He finally travelled (mainly along French roads - see the Ideologues as an example) so far from his 'Lockean' origins that he verged on the work of William James and Sigmund Freud. One of the most powerful American Presidents, and longtime president of the American Philosophical Association, this polymath man of action has long been wrongly perceived to have been a barmy eccentric, pitifully yearning for an unattainable Arcadia. This book's studies go far to make it possible, finally, to understand Thomas Jefferson.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312086930
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/1/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 1.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
1 Prologue
2 What Thomas Jefferson Was Not: An Excursus into Aesthetics
Ch. 1 Introduction
1 Prelude 1
2 Precis 5
3 Synopses of Chapters Two to Eight 8
Ch. 2 Thomas Jefferson and the Political Economy of Alexander Hamilton
1 Preliminaries 39
2 The Political Economy of Alexander Hamilton 42
3 Lord Bolingbroke's Influence (?) on Thomas Jefferson 60
Appendix to Chapter: Two Politics and Banking Theory
1 Money (Currency) v. Credit 81
2 Corporations, Monopoly and the Banks 84
3 Two Traditions in Banking Theory and Policy 85
4 A Syllabus: Jefferson on Banking and Currency 88
5 Retrospective and Prospective Features of Private and Public Banking 89
Ch. 3 Thomas Jefferson's Constitutional System: Bad Law; Good Economics
1 Preliminary Remarks 97
2 Whig and Tory Theories of the British Constitution 101
3 Sir Edward Coke: A Fountainhead of Whig Dogma 107
4 Jefferson on the American Constitution 109
5 Addendum to Chapter Three: Some of the Principal Supreme Court Decisions Assessed in Chapter Three 125
Ch. 4 Thomas Jefferson and American Manufactures: History, Politics and Economics
1 The Embargo (1807-1809) and Industrial Policy 137
2 Jefferson and Hamilton on Manufactures 141
3 American Neutrality and Prosperity; Growth of American Manufactures in the Nineteenth Century 156
4 Some Graphics, Derived From Nelson 158
Appendix to Chapter Four: The Embargo (Dec. 1807-Mar. 1809) A Critical Study
1 Preliminaries 163
2 Critical Synopses 165
3 Some Crude Cliometrics 172
4 Jeffrey Frankel (1982) on the Embargo 173
Ch. 5 The Political Economy of Thomas Jefferson
1 Thomas Jefferson and J.-B. Say 187
2 Thomas Jefferson and A.-C.-L. Destutt de Tracy 191
3 Further Topics in Political Economy 195
Ch. 6 Thomas Jefferson's Moral Philosophy
1 Thomas Jefferson on Utilitarianism, Epicureanism, Civic Humanism and Possessive Individualism 209
2 More Context for Jefferson's Moral Philosophy: David Hume, Adam Smith and Sigmund Freud 215
Ch. 7 Thomas Jefferson's Philosophy: The Enlightenment; "Ideology"
1 Philosophical Preliminaries 227
2 Francis Bacon, John Locke and Some History of Science 229
3 On the Enlightenment: What it is; and What It is not 233
4 Thomas Jefferson and Ideology 240
Ch. 8 Thomas Jefferson and the Revolution in France
1 Preliminaries 251
2 The Ancien Regime 253
3 The Revolution in France and Democratic Despotism 257
4 Edmund Burke and the Revolution in France 261
5 Thomas Jefferson and the Revolution in France 268
6 Alexander Hamilton on the Revolution in France 283
Annex: Two Studies in Liberty and Virtue
Hohfeld's Fundamental Legal Conceptions and Liberty A-1
1 Hohfeld's System 295
2 Hohfeld's Paradigm 300
3 Selective Annotations of the Hohfeldian Appositions 304
4 Applications of Hohfeld's Analysis 313
Frank Knight and the Ethics of Competition A-2
1 On Understanding Frank Knight 319
2 Knight on the Ethics of Competition 320
3 Knight on Freedom and Reform 332
4 Summary and Conclusions 334
Bibliography 339
Index of Names 359
Index of Subjects 381
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