Liberty and American Experience in the Eighteenth Century
This volume is a collection of essays which examines some of the central themes and ideologies central to the formation of the United States including Edmund Burke’s theories on property rights and government, the influence of Jamaica on the American colonies, the relations between religious and legal understandings of the concept of liberty, the economic understanding of the Founders, the conflicting viewpoints between moral sense theory and the idea of natural rights in the founding period, the divisions in thought among the revolutionaries regarding the nature of liberty and the manner in which liberty was to be preserved, and the disparity in Madison’s political thought from the 1780s to the 1790s.
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Liberty and American Experience in the Eighteenth Century, edited and with an Introduction by David Womersley (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2006).
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Table of Contents
- Liberty and American Experience in the Eighteenth Century
- Introduction: A Conservative Revolution
- “Of Liberty and of the Colonies”: A Case Study of Constitutional Conflict in the Mid-Eighteenth-Century British American Empire
- Religious Conscience and Original Sin: An Exploration of America’s Protestant Foundations
- FREEDOM OF RELIGIOUS CONSCIENCE
- ORIGINAL SIN
- Liberty, Metaphor, and Mechanism: “Checks and Balances” and the Origins of Modern Constitutionalism
- 1.: MECHANICAL SYSTEMS
- 2.: CHECKS AND BALANCES
- 3.: AUTOMATIC MACHINERY
- 4.: ELECTIVE DESPOTISM
- Moral Sense Theory and the Appeal to Natural Rights in the American Founding
- “Riches Valuable at All Times and to All Men”: Hume and the Eighteenth-Century Debate on Commerce and Liberty
- 1.: SCHOLARSHIP AND THE POLITICAL ECONOMY ESSAYS
- 2.: CLASSICAL REPUBLICS AND COMMERCE
- 3.: THE LIMITS OF THE POLITICAL
- 4.: CIVIC GREATNESS, LUXURY, AND MANNERS
- 5.: STABILITY, INNOVATION, AND THE LIMITS OF POLITICS
- Scottish Thought and the American Revolution: Adam Ferguson’s Response to Richard Price
- EPISTEMOLOGY AND ITS RELATION TO ETHICS
- THE NATURE OF EMPIRE
- STATE OF NATURE AND GOVERNMENT BY CONTRACT
- Is There a “James Madison Problem”?