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The lost soul of American politics : virtue, self-interest, and the foundations of liberalism
Diggins, John P.
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University of Chicago Press ed.
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Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1986.
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xiii, 409 p.
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Includes index.


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The Lost Soul of American Politics is a provocative new interpretation of American political thought from the Founding Fathers to the Neo-Conservatives. Reassessing the motives and intentions of such great political thinkers as Madison, Thoreau, Lincoln, and Emerson, John P. Diggins shows how these men struggled to create an alliance between the politics of self-interest and a religious sense of moral responsibility?a tension that still troubles us today.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 3
1 Who's Afraid of John Locke?p. 18
2 From the Revolution to the Constitutionp. 48
3 John Adams, the Federalist, and the Refutation of "Virtue"p. 69
4 Not That Virtue Is Great, but That Temptation Is Smallp. 100
5 Ten Issues in Search of Authorityp. 131
6 An Idea in Search of an Institutionp. 163
7 Locke, Calvinism, and the Transcendentalist Negation: Emerson and Thoreaup. 192
8 Society, Religion, and the Feminization of Virtue: Alexis de Toc Q Ueville and Henry Adamsp. 230
9 Return of the Sacred to Political Thought: Herman Melville and Abraham Lincolnp. 277
Epilogue: Liberalism and Calvinism in Contemporary Americap. 334
Appendix 1 The Problem of Ideologyp. 347
Appendix 2 The Problem of Motivation and Causationp. 353
Appendix 3 The Problem of Languagep. 359
Notesp. 366