The Unvarnished Doctrine: Locke, Liberalism, and the American Revolution

The Unvarnished Doctrine: Locke, Liberalism, and the American Revolution

by Steven M. Dworetz, Steven M. Dworetz, Dworetz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822314703

ISBN-13: 9780822314707

Pub. Date: 02/15/1994

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

In The Unvarnished Doctrine, Steven M. Dworetz addresses two critical issues in contemporary thinking on the American Revolution—the ideological character of this event, and, more specifically, the relevance of "America’s Philosopher, the Great Mr. Locke," in this experience. Recent interpretations of the American revolution,

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In The Unvarnished Doctrine, Steven M. Dworetz addresses two critical issues in contemporary thinking on the American Revolution—the ideological character of this event, and, more specifically, the relevance of "America’s Philosopher, the Great Mr. Locke," in this experience. Recent interpretations of the American revolution, particularly those of Bailyn and Pocock, have incorporated an understanding of Locke as the moral apologist of unlimited accumulation and the original ideological crusader for the "spirit of capitalism," a view based largely on the work of theorists Leo Strauss and C. B. Macpherson. Drawing on an examination of sermons and tracts of the New England clergy, Dworetz argues that the colonists themselves did not hold this conception of Locke. Moreover, these ministers found an affinity with the principles of Locke’s theistic liberalism and derived a moral justification for revolution from those principles. The connection between Locke and colonial clergy, Dworetz maintains, constitutes a significant, radicalizing force in American revolutionary thought.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822314707
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
02/15/1994
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Acknowledgments
1The Historiographic Revolution: The Rise of "Cato" and the Decline of Locke in American Revolutionary Thought3
2A Discourse on Method39
3The Lockean Response to British "Innovations"65
4Historiography and the Interpretation of Political Theory97
5Theistic Liberalism in the Teaching of the New England Clergy135
6History, Myth, and the Secular Salvation of American Liberalism184
Notes193
Index241

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