Enlightened Republicanism: A Study of Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia

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Lexington Books, 2008 - 159 страници
Enlightened Republicanism is the first book-length study of Thomas Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia, which has often been used as a treasury of quotations from which historians, political scientists, and literary scholars have borrowed in order to prove one point or another about America or Jefferson himself. David Tucker examines Jefferson's work as a whole, arguing that the it was carefully structured. He proceeds to demonstrate that only a deeper understanding of this structure as an integral part of Jefferson's argument can give the reader a true comprehension of Notes on the State of Virginia. Enlightened republicanism, as Jefferson defined it, was revolutionary, as it fundamentally changed the goals of government and the practice of politics to bring them into accord as much as possible with the complex and varied demands of nature.
 

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Introduction
1
The Structure of Notes on the State of Virginia
3
The Natural Order
19
Human Nature
37
Nature and Law
57
The Origin and Object of Government
69
Constitution and Laws
91
Manners and Manufactures
111
Conclusion
129
Endnotes
135
Selected Bibliography
151
Index
157
About the Author
161
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David Tucker is associate professor in the department of defense analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School.

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