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Thomas Jefferson : Moralist
by M. Andrew Holowchak


Overview -  Much of the scholarship on Thomas Jefferson characterizes him as a consummate immoralist. Yet he had a keen interest in morality and most of his reading--when he was not immersed in politics--was for moral study. Jefferson once told his physician, Vine Utley, that he seldom went to sleep without first reading something morally inspiring.  Read more...

 
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Overview
 Much of the scholarship on Thomas Jefferson characterizes him as a consummate immoralist. Yet he had a keen interest in morality and most of his reading--when he was not immersed in politics--was for moral study. Jefferson once told his physician, Vine Utley, that he seldom went to sleep without first reading something morally inspiring. Some Jefferson scholars consider him at best a moral dilettante with incoherent views. Others see him as a Stoic, interested in virtue as measured by both intentions and outcomes, who in later life became an Epicurean, weighing pleasure versus ends. Drawing on a careful reading of his writings and an examination of his known readings on morality, this study argues that Jefferson developed early a consistent moral sense--Stoical in essence and focused on his own moral improvement--and maintained it throughout his life.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781476669243
  • ISBN-10: 1476669244
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company
  • Publish Date: March 2017
  • Page Count: 268
  • Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


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