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Nature and history in American political development [electronic resource] : a debate / James W. Ceaser ; with responses by Jack N. Rakove, Nancy L. Rosenblum, Rogers M. Smith.

Author/Creator:
Ceaser, James W.
Publication:
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2006.
Format/Description:
Book
viii, 229 p.
Series:
Alexis de Tocqueville lectures on American politics.
The Alexis de Tocqueville lectures on American politics
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Subjects:
Political science -- United States -- History.
Foundationalism (Theory of knowledge).
Ideology.
United States -- Politics and government.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
In English.
Summary:
In this inaugural volume of the Alexis de Tocqueville Lectures, James Ceaser traces the way certain "foundational" ideas-including nature, history, and religion-have been understood and used over the course of American history. Ceaser treats these ideas as elements of political discourse that provide the ground for other political ideas, such as liberty or equality. Three critical commentators challenge Ceaser's arguments, and a spirited debate about large and enduring questions in American politics ensues.
Contents:
Foundational concepts and American political development / James W. Ceaser
Can we know a foundational idea when we see one? / Jack N. Rakove
Replacing foundations with staging: "second-story" concepts and American political development / Nancy L. Rosenblum
What if God was one of us? The challenges of studying foundational political concepts / Rogers M. Smith
Foundational concepts reconsidered / James W. Ceaser.
Notes:
First Harvard University Press paperback edition, 2008.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-221) and index.
Contributor:
Rakove, Jack N., 1947-
Rosenblum, Nancy L. (Nancy Lipton), 1947-
Smith, Rogers M., 1953-
ISBN:
0-674-02930-5
OCLC:
1032693100
Publisher Number:
10.4159/9780674029309 doi