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Launching Liberalism (Pb) : On Lockean Political Philosophy - Michael P. Zuckert

Launching Liberalism (Pb)

On Lockean Political Philosophy

Paperback Published: 25th June 2002
ISBN: 9780700611744
Number Of Pages: 388

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In this volume, prominent political theorist Michael Zuckert presents an important and pathbreaking set of meditations on the thought of John Locke. In more than a dozen provocative essays, many appearing in print for the first time, Zuckert explores the complexity of Locke's engagement with his philosophical and theological predecessors, his profound influence on later liberal thinkers, and his amazing success in transforming the political understanding of the Anglo-American world. At the same time, he also demonstrates Locke's continuing relevance in current debates involving such prominent thinkers as Rawls and MacIntyre.

Zuckert's careful reconsideration of Locke's role as "launcher" of liberalism involves a sustained engagement with the hermeneutical issues surrounding Locke, an innovator who faced special rhetorical needs in addressing his contemporaries and the future. It also involves highlighting the novelty of Locke's position by examining his stance toward the philosophical and religious traditions in place when he wrote.

Zuckert argues that neither of the dominant ways of understanding Locke's relations to his predecessors and contemporaries is adequate; he is not well seen as a follower of any orthodoxy nor of any anti-orthodoxy of his day, either philosophical or theological. He found a path to innovation that was philosophically radical but which was also able to connect with prevailing and accepted traditions. This path allowed him to exercise a practical influence in history rarely, if ever, matched by any other philosopher.

Zuckert illustrates that influence by showing how William Blackstone used Lockean philosophy to reshape the common law and how the Americansof the eighteenth century used Lockean philosophy to reshape Whig political thought. Zuckert argues that Locke's philosophy has continuing philosophic and political force, a proposition he demonstrates by arguing that Locke presents a form of political philosophy superior to that of the liberal theorists of our day and that he has solid rejoinders to contemporary critics of liberalism.

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"This collection is not only a set of important essays on Locke, but also a major contribution to our understanding of how Locke's thought informs American political thought, both at the founding and as a critical voice in key contemporary debates in political theory. This now constitutes the most learned and philosophically profound presentation of Lockean thought that has appeared in the past generation."--Thomas L. Pangle, author of The Spirit of Modern Republicanism: The Moral Vision of the American Founders and the Philosophy of Locke

Introductionp. 1
Lockean Hermeneutics
Problematic Perspectives on Lockep. 25
Appropriation and Understanding in the History of Political Philosophy: On Quentin Skinner's Methodp. 57
Of Wary Physicians and Weary Readers: The Debates on Locke's Way of Writingp. 82
Fools and Knaves: Reflections on Locke's Theory of Philosophical Discoursep. 107
Locke and the Tradition
An Introduction to Locke's First Treatise: Locke and the Old Testamentp. 129
Locke and the Problem of Civil Religion: Locke on Christianityp. 147
Do Natural Rights Derive from Natural Law? Aquinas, Hobbes, and Locke on Natural Rightsp. 169
Forging the Lockean Amalgam
Locke in America: The Philosophy of the Declaration of Independencep. 203
Social Compact, Common Law, and the American Amalgam: The Contribution of William Blackstonep. 235
Natural Rights in the American Revolution: The American Amalgamp. 274
Locke in Late Modernity
Hobbes, Locke, and the Problem of the Rule of Lawp. 297
Big Government and Rights: Locke, Rawls, and Liberalismp. 311
On the Contemporary Critique of Rights-Talk: A MacIntyradep. 331
Indexp. 369
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ISBN: 9780700611744
ISBN-10: 0700611746
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 388
Published: 25th June 2002
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.65  x 2.95
Weight (kg): 0.58

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