Philosophy, The Federalist, and the Constitution

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Oxford University Press, Apr 13, 1989 - Philosophy - 286 pages
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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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 ... Read full review

Contents

PART II THE DIFFERENT LEGACIES OF LOCKE AND HUME
11
PART III THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE
23
PART IV PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY
53
PART V PSYCHOLOGY
83
PART VI THEORY OF ACTION AND METAPHYSICS
129
PART VII ETHICS
173
PART VIII A SUMMARY VIEW
191
Notes
229
Index
265
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