A Conflict of Visions: Idealogical Origins of Political Struggles (Google eBook)

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Basic Books, Jun 1, 2007 - History - 352 pages
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"In this classic work, Thomas Sowell analyzes 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. He describes how these two radically opposed views have manifested themselves in the political controversies of the past two centuries, including such contemporary issues as welfare reform, social justice, and crime. Updated to include sweeping political changes since its first publication in 1987, this revised edition of A Conflict of Visions offers a convincing case that ethical and policy disputes circle around the disparity between both outlooks"--Provided by publisher.
  

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User Review  - Mwaseemn - Goodreads

The first two chapters were brilliant, but then the rest tended to fade off. Read full review

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User Review  - Camille - Goodreads

I've always admired Sowell's work in economics but may enjoy his political thought even more. A great summary and comparison of two fundamental visions that guide ideologies. It contrasts political ... Read full review

Contents

The Role of Visions 3
3
Constrained and Unconstrained Visions 9
9
Visions of Knowledge and Reason 36
36
Visions of Social Processes 69
69
Varieties and Dynamics of Visions 102
102
APPLICATIONS
131
Visions of Equality 133
133
Visions of Power 156
156
Visions of Justice 192
192
Visions Values and Paradigms 230
230
Notes 265
265
Index 307
307
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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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