The Education of the American Citizen by Arthur Twining HadleyThe Education of the American Citizen by Arthur Twining Hadley

The Education of the American Citizen

byArthur Twining Hadley

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901. Excerpt: ... ETHICS AS A POLITICAL SCIENCE During the last hundred years there has been a distinct progress in the study of legal and political institutions. The methods of investigation have become more scientific, the results more sound and more permanent. But in the study of moral sentiments, and of the ethical framework of society, the advance has been far less marked. The ethical science of to-day, in its assumptions and its processes, bears a strong resemblance to the political science of a century ago. It is the aim of these papers to apply to the investigation of morals those modes of analysis which have proved most fruitful in the study of political institutions; and to see whether the advance in method which has actually been accomplished in the study of politics cannot be achieved in ethics also. Down to the beginning of the present century, the students of political science were pretty sharply divided into two classes. One group started from the assumption that there must be somewhere a sovereign unlimited in authority. Another, and in the eighteenth century a more influential group, started from the assumption of an absolute right of individual liberty. Each conception was abstract and metaphysical rather than historical. For the time being, the representatives of liberty made more impression than the representatives of sovereignty, because practical men in the eighteenth century were resisting the abuse of authority on the part of absolute monarchs, and were quite ready to accept any theory of politics which seemed to justify such resistance. The signers of the Declaration of Independence based their theories on their practice, not their practice on their theories. They assumed that all men had equal and inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursu...
Title:The Education of the American CitizenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:66 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:021734724X

ISBN - 13:9780217347242