Philosophy, The Federalist, and the Constitution
Oxford University Press, 1989 M04 13 - 286 páginas
Here, Morton White presents the first synoptic view of the major philosophical ideas in The Federalist. Using the tools of philosophy and intellectual history, White extracts and examines the interlocking theory of knowledge, doctrine of normative ethics, psychology of motivation, and even metaphysics and theology, all of which were used in different degrees by the founding fathers in defense of the Constitution.
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The scholar who studies a strictly philosophical text has the advantage of
studying one which usually contains an argument that leads to philosophical
conclusions, and therefore such a scholar's task may be limited to clarifying that
It may well be that philosophical terms were often used by the framers in purple
patches, but in those very same patches we find them logically defending some
very important provisions of the Constitution. For example, Hamilton used his
I do not plan to deal with everything that Publius said which was philosophical in
the eighteenth-century sense. ... with parts of his psychology that continue to
interest philosophers, with what would today be called his theory of action, and
Yet I am concerned to explain the terminology of the latter and their philosophical
views in order to help the reader gain a better notion of what Madison, Hamilton,
and Jay may have had in mind when they used such terms as "history," "reason ...
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On the eve of the 200th anniversary of The Federalist , Princeton philosopher White analyzes the arguments employed by Hamilton, Jay, and Madison to rally support for ratification of the Constitution ... Leer comentario completo
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