Student's Guide to American Political Thought

Student's Guide to American Political Thought

ISI Student Guides to the Major Disciplines

by George W. Carey
1st Edition, ©2004, ISBN: 9781932236422
Trade Paperback, 114 pages
Price: $8.00

George Carey begins this essay by saying that "American political thought" is difficult to define. Maintaining this attitude, he avoids a number of common pitfalls in the study and exegesis of political writings and ideas throughout our nation's history.

Chief of these is the pernicious idea that the Founding Fathers were unanimous on matters of policy and religion, and that they built the Constitution on orthodox Christian ideals. Carey is objective, showing how American political thought has been shaped by liberal and conservative principles, historical ideas and philosophies, and practical exigencies.

Many students will be familiar with some of the content, but Carey introduces names and ideas unknown to non-specialists. This essay won't make you a specialist, but it will help students understand a topic often obscured by ideology and empty rhetoric.

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Summary Balanced presentation of the ideological and practical influences on political theory in the US.

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