Inventing an American political tradition [electronic resource] : how John Locke became "America's philosopher"
- Claire Rydell Arcenas.
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- Inventing an American Political Tradition elucidates the trans-Atlantic influence of the seventeenth-century English philosopher John Locke on American thought and culture from before the American Revolution through the Civil Rights Movement. It tells the story of how and why Americans transformed Locke, best known to them in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as an epistemologist of the Scientific Revolution, into "America's Philosopher" in the twentieth century—the supposed founder in his Second Treatise of a distinctly American liberal democratic political tradition resting on property rights, individual liberty, freedom of religious practice, and representative government. This dissertation is the first study of Locke's place in American intellectual and political life across multiple centuries.
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- Submitted to the Department of History.
- Thesis (Ph.D.)--Stanford University, 2016.
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