The Mind of James Madison: The Legacy of Classical Republicanism

The Mind of James Madison: The Legacy of Classical Republicanism

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Colleen A. Sheehan
Cambridge University Press, 5/25/2017
EAN 9781108404983, ISBN10: 1108404987

Paperback, 293 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
Language: English

This book provides a compelling and incisive portrait of James Madison, the scholar and political philosopher. Through extensive historical research and analysis of Madison's heretofore underappreciated 1791 'Notes on Government', Madison's scholarly contributions are cast in a new light, yielding a richer, more comprehensive understanding of his political thought than ever before. Tracing Madison's intellectual investigations of republics and philosophers, both ancient and modern, this book invites the reader to understand the pioneering ideas of the greatest American scholar of politics and republicanism - and, in the process, to discover anew the vast possibilities and potential of that great experiment in self-government known as the American republic.

Part I
1. An itinerant scholar in Mr Jefferson's library
travels with Anacharsis
2. Circumstantial influences on government
3. The power of public opinion
4. The federal republican polity
5. Postscript
Part II
6. 'Notes on Government'
7. Additional notes on government
8. Madison's convention notes and his letter of October 24, 1787, to Thomas Jefferson
9. Party press essays.