About the Author
Jerry Weinberger is professor of political science at Michigan State University, where he is director of the LeFrak Forum and co-director of the Symposium on Science, Reason, and Modern Democracy. He is also the author of Science, Faith, and Politics: Francis Bacon and the Utopian Roots of the Modern Age and Francis Bacon: The History of the Reign of King Henry the Seventh-A New Edition with Introduction, Annotation, and Interpretive Essay.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Written Word Remains
1. The Autobiography: A Comic Moral Saga?
2. The Autobiography: Or Just a Pack of Lies?
3. The Philosophical Wag
4. Shameless Ben
5. The Metaphysical Follies
6. Dialectics and the Critique of Morality
7. The Political Principles of the Good Life
8. The Political Project of the Good Life
Conclusion: Will the Real Ben Franklin Please Stand Up?
What People are Saying About This
Franklin's many masks are examined and lifted to disclose the one real mana thinkerbehind them. Weinberger gives us the radical truth about Franklin in a book that is a delight to read. (Harvey Mansfield, author of America's Constitutional Soul)
An elegant and fascinating companion to, and analysis of, the work of our cleverest Founding Father.
With the focus of a bloodhound and the tenacity of a bulldog Weinberger follows Ben's spoofs and sophisms into whatever cul-de-sac they lead. His Franklin is a coherent philosopher-skeptic who teases us into thinking for ourselves. . . . A bracing, hilarious, and enlightening experience. (Ralph Lerner, author of The Thinking Revolutionary: Principle and Practice in the New Republic)
A lively, clever and well-informed account that's sure to raise controversy. (Ralph Ketcham, author of The Political Thought of Ben Franklin)