The Political Philosophy of Benjamin Franklin
Johns Hopkins University Press, 28 thg 9, 2007 - 277 trang
The most famous man of his age, Benjamin Franklin was an individual of many talents and accomplishments. He invented the wood-burning stove and the lightning rod, he wrote Poor Richard's Almanac and The Way to Wealth, and he traveled the world as a diplomat. But it was in politics that Franklin made his greatest impact.
Franklin’s political writings are full of fascinating reflections on human nature, on the character of good leadership, and on why government is such a messy and problematic business. Drawing together threads in Franklin's writings, Lorraine Smith Pangle illuminates his thoughts on citizenship, federalism, constitutional government, the role of civil associations, and religious freedom.
Of the American Founders, Franklin had an unrivaled understanding of the individual human soul. At the heart of his political vision is a view of democratic citizenship, a rich understanding of the qualities of the heart and mind necessary to support liberty and sustain happiness.
This concise introduction reflects Franklin's valuable insight into political issues that continue to be relevant today.
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Was Franklin turning his back on the higher aspirations of the republican tradition , or did he have a new conception of cit- izenship that gave an equal place but a different interpretation to human excellence ?
bright for him if he would turn the Wheel . He turn'd while the Smith press'd the broad Face of the Ax hard and heavily on the Stone , which made the Turning of it very fatiguing . The Man came every now and then from the Wheel to see ...
this method Franklin turns the stubborn power of habit to his own advantage . Habit matters so much because life is a cumula- tive thing . The use of small moments , the indulgence in small extravagances , the seizing of small ...
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