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In this inaugural volume of the Alexis de Tocqueville Lectures, political scientist James Ceaser traces the way certain ideas, including nature, history, and religion- which he calls foundational ideas - have been understood and used by statesmen and public intellectuals over the course of American history, from the Puritans to the current day.Three critical commentators challenge Ceaser's arguments in several ways. They suggest that other ideas may be considered foundational, and they prod him to clarify further how foundational ideas work politically. Ceaser responds with vigor, and the result is a spirited debate about large and enduring questions in American politics.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674027237
ISBN-10: 067402723X
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 4-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - James W. Ceaser

James W. Ceaser is Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. Jack N. Rakove is Professor of American History at Stanford University. Nancy L. Rosenblum is Professor of Government at Harvard University. Rogers M. Smith is Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

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