American Philosophy: The Basics by Nancy Stanlick

By Nancy Stanlick

American Philosophy: The Basics introduces the background of yankee concept from early Calvinists to the recent England Transcendentalists and from agreement conception to modern African American philosophy. the main query it asks is: what it really is that makes American Philosophy certain? This full of life and compelling ebook strikes via key classes within the improvement of yank suggestion from the founding fathers to the transcendentalists and pragmatists to modern social commentators. Readers are brought to:
* the most vital thinkers in American background together with Jonathan Edwards, Thomas Paine, Charles Sanders Pierce, Thomas Kuhn, Cornel West and plenty of extra
* advancements in 5 key components of proposal: epistemology, metaphysics, faith and ethics, social philosophy, and political philosophy
* The contributions of yankee girls, African-Americans and local Americans.

Featuring feedback for extra analyzing and assuming no earlier wisdom of philosophy, this is often a fantastic first creation for a person learning or attracted to the background of yank thought.

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Governments overstepping the bounds of power granted to them by the people are illegitimate and may be replaced. The 35 36 THE ENLIGHTENMENT REVOLUTIONARIES people have a right to erect a new government that seems to them appropriate to achieve their rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Paine trusted society generally but distrusted government specifically. For Paine, government must have only limited power. Adams distrusted society due to his Hobbesian view of human nature and argued for a government sufficient in structure and power to defeat rival claims of individual self-interest.

Enlightenment demands instead that old structures that are offensive to reason should be replaced by those that are consistent with reason. For the American Enlightenment, it is primarily its manifestations and effects in religion, ethics, social thought, and politics that are most prominent and important. Revolutionary thought in these realms grew from the early Modern era to the eighteenth-century Enlightenment thinkers who transformed a rag-tag association of farmers and statesmen, hunters and craftsmen, intellectuals and business owners into the largest and most successful experiment in democracy the world has ever known.

It is to defend oneself. It is consistent with the first and fundamental law of nature requiring us to defend and preserve our lives. For Hobbes, a right is a freedom and nature itself provides the freedom of self-defense through our native abilities; each of us is free to defend ourselves using whatever means we deem necessary. The right to defend oneself, however, is ineffective until enforced by the state. To combat this problem, Hobbes proposed that a significant function of government is to protect and ensure effective exercise of the right of self-defense.

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