Books Category: Political Thought

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To Secure the Blessings of Liberty

To Secure the Blessings of Liberty: Selected Writings of Gouverneur Morris By Gouverneur Morris
Edited and with an Introduction by J. Jackson Barlow

American Founding American History Political Thought

Liberty Fund is pleased to present this single-volume collection of Gouverneur Morris’s writings. This edition will be a welcome addition to scholars of American and French history as the volume contains many writings that have never before been published.

Tocquevilles Voyages

Tocqueville’s Voyages: The Evolution of His Ideas and Their Journey Beyond His Time Edited and with an Introduction by Christine Dunn Henderson

Political Thought

Tocqueville’s Voyages is a collection of newly written essays by some of the most well-known Tocquevillian scholars today. The essays in the first part of the volume explore the development of Tocqueville’s thought, his intellectual voyage, during his trip to America and while writing Democracy in America. The second part of the book focuses on the dissemination of Tocqueville’s ideas beyond the Franco-American context of 1835–1840 in places such as Argentina, Japan, and Eastern Europe.

Treatise on Political Economy A

A Treatise on Political Economy By Antoine Louis Claude Destutt de Tracy
Translation by Thomas Jefferson
Edited and with an Introduction by Jeremy Jennings

Economics Political Thought

A Treatise on Political Economy by Antoine Louis Claude Destutt de Tracy (1754–1836) is a foundational text of nineteenth-century, free-market economic thought and remains one of the classics of nineteenth-century French economic liberalism. Destutt de Tracy was one of the founders of the classical liberal republican group known as the Idéologues, which included Jean-Baptiste Say, Marquis de Condorcet, and Pierre Cabanis.

Twilight of Authority

Twilight of Authority By Robert Nisbet
Foreword by Robert G. Perrin

Political Thought Sociology

“We had thought, or our forefathers had, that modern liberal democracy would be spared the kind of erosion and decay that both Plato and Aristotle declared endemic in all forms of state. Now we are not so sure.” So wrote Robert Nisbet in the first edition of Twilight of Authority, published by Oxford University Press in 1975. “The centralization and, increasingly, individualization of power is matched in the social and cultural spheres by a combined hedonism and egalitarianism, each in its own way a reflection of the destructive impact of power on the hierarchy that is native to the social bond,” he writes.

Tyranny Unmasked

Tyranny Unmasked By John Taylor of Caroline
Edited by F. Thornton Miller

American Founding American History Political Thought

John Taylor of Caroline (1753–1824) was one of the foremost philosophers of the States’ rights Jeffersonians of the early national period. In keeping with his lifelong mission as a “minority man,” John Taylor wrote Tyranny Unmasked not only to assault the protective tariff and the mercantilist policies of the times but also “to examine general principles in relation to commerce, political economy, and a free government.” Originally published in 1822, it is the only major work of Taylor’s that has never before been reprinted.

Union and Liberty

Union and Liberty: The Political Philosophy of John C. Calhoun By John C. Calhoun
Edited by Ross M. Lence

American History Political Thought

Calhoun’s most important constitutional and political writings are now available as complete, unabridged texts and in a single volume, many for the first time since the 1850s. These writings address such issues as states’ rights and nullification, slavery, the growth of the Federal judicial power, and Calhoun’s doctrine of the “concurrent majority.”

View of the Constitution of the United States

View of the Constitution of the United States: With Selected Writings By St. George Tucker
Foreword by Clyde N. Wilson

American Founding American History Political Thought

St. George Tucker’s View of the Constitution, published in 1803, was the first extended, systematic commentary on the United States Constitution after its ratification. Generations learned their Blackstone and their understanding of the Constitution through Tucker.

Vindication of Natural Society A

A Vindication of Natural Society By Edmund Burke
Edited and with an Introduction by Frank N. Pagano

History Political Thought

This is a new edition of Edmund Burke’s first work, originally issued anonymously in 1756 as a letter attributed to “a late noble writer.” In 1757 Burke produced a revised version with a new preface but still did not attach his name to the work.

Virtue of Civility The

The Virtue of Civility: Selected Essays on Liberalism, Tradition, and Civil Society By Edward Shils
Edited by Steven Grosby

Political Thought Sociology

Edward Shils was one of the leading intellectual defenders of freedom in the twentieth century. In these nine essays, he explores the importance of civility and tradition to a free society. The essays’ significance is enormous, for Shils was one of the first and assuredly one of the most courageous writers to examine the nature of civility and civil society and their relation to a free, ordered, liberal democratic society.

Voice of Liberal Learning The

The Voice of Liberal Learning By Michael Oakeshott
Foreword and Introduction by Timothy Fuller

Political Thought

By 1989, when Michael Oakeshott’s Voice of Liberal Learning was first published by Yale University Press, books that held a negative view of education in the United States had garnered a remarkable amount of attention.

WebsterHayne Debate on the Nature of the Union The

The Webster-Hayne Debate on the Nature of the Union: Selected Documents Edited and with a Foreword by Herman Belz

American History Political Thought

The debates between Daniel Webster of Massachusetts and Robert Hayne of South Carolina gave fateful utterance to the differing understandings of the nature of the American Union that had come to predominate in the North and the South by 1830.