A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles

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Basic Books, 2002 - History - 292 pages
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Controversies in politics arise from many sources, but the conflicts that endure for generations or centuries show a remarkably consistent pattern. In this classic work, Thomas Sowell analyzes this pattern. He describes the two competing visions that shape our debates about the nature of reason, justice, equality, and power: the "constrained" vision, which sees human nature as unchanging and selfish, and the "unconstrained" vision, in which human nature is malleable and perfectible. A Conflict of Visions offers a convincing case that ethical and policy disputes circle around the disparity between both outlooks.

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This book provides a simple and appealing lens through which to view major dispositional differences among people on opposite sides of some long-standing social, economic, and political debates. And ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sylvester - Goodreads

I don't know what Sowell was trying to accomplish with this book. I found some of his arguments for this division contradictory, he also stated not everyone could be classified in these two categories ... Read full review

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Thomas Sowell has taught economics at a number of colleges and universities, including Cornell, University of California Los Angeles, and Amherst. He has published both scholarly and popular articles and books on economics, and is currently a scholar in residence at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

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