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The political philosophy of Alexander Hamilton.


The political philosophy of Alexander Hamilton.

Federici, Michael P.

Johns Hopkins U. Press


291 pages


The political philosophy of the American founders


Federici (political science, Mercyhurst U.) presents an accessible introduction to the political philosophy of Alexander Hamilton. He outlines Hamilton's significance as US Constitutional architect and influential early president, underscoring his sober Enlightenment realism that was skeptical of Jacobin idealism, but not quite as cynical as that of Thomas Hobbes. Federici contextualizes Hamilton's thought with major events in his life and upbringing. He considers Hamilton's philosophical anthropology, his views on leadership and republican values in popular government, the Federalist Papers, foreign policy, the political economy of Hamilton's favored vision of a meritocratic "natural aristocracy," and differences between Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson over issues of revolution and slavery.

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Date:Jun 1, 2013
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