Jefferson’s Political Philosophy and the Metaphysics of Utopia


In Jefferson’s Political Philosophy and the Metaphysics of Utopia, M. Andrew Holowchak traces the development of Jeffersonian republicanism as a political philosophy, though it is today seldom seen as a political philosophy, by examining the documents he wrote (e.g., Declaration, First Inaugural Address, and significant letters) and key literature he read. That political philosophy, fundamentally progressive and people-first, was driven by a vision of an “empire of liberty”—a global confederation of republican nations in moral and political partnership and peaceful coexistence—and was to take root in North America. Jefferson's vision influenced his domestic and foreign policies as president and the numerous letters he wrote after his presidency, but never took root there, or anywhere. Was that due to a defect of vision—a view of humans’ capacities and goodness at odds with reality—or were historical forces at play which were antagonistic to the rooting and suckering of Jeffersonian republicanism?

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M. Andrew Holowchak, Ph.D. (1997), University of Pittsburgh, teaches philosophy at University of the Incarnate Word and has written/edited prodigiously on Thomas Jefferson including Thomas Jefferson's Philosophy of Education, Thomas Jefferson: Uncovering His Unique Philosophy and Vision, and Thomas Jefferson: The Man behind the Myths.

Chapter 1: A Schema for Liberal Government
Chapter 2: The Revolution of 1800
Chapter 3: Jefferson and Utopian Literature
Chapter 4: Domestic and Foreign Affairs
Chapter 5: A Global Community of Republics
Chapter 6: The Contagion of Jeffersonian Republicanism
This book will appeal to professional historians, philosophers, and political theorists as well as mavens of Thomas Jefferson. It will be a must-read for scholars.
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