Friday, November 20, 2020

Ideas and Their Circumstances

David Gordon reviews America’s Revolutionary Mind: A Moral History of the Founding and the Declaration That Defined It (2019), by C. Bradley Thompson, and America on Trial: A Defense of the Founding, by Robert R. Reilly, at Modern Age.

"Two thinkers come to the defense of America’s founding principles: one from a Randian perspective, the other from a Thomist. Who’s closer to the truth?"

See "Great Documents" in Gateway to the Great Books (10 Vol., 1963) volume 6, and "American State Papers" in Great Books of the Western World (first edition, 52 Vol., 1952), volume 43, and Great Books of the Western World (second edition, 60 Vol., 1990) volumen 40.

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