The Natural Rights Republic: Studies in the Foundation of the American Political Tradition
In The Natural Rights Republic, political theorist Michael Zuckert counters contemporary confusion by offering an insightful study of the concept that dominated the mindset of the founding generation, the natural rights philosophy. Zuckert offers a new treatment of the theme of self-evident truths and further plumbs the depths of the natural rights philosophy by examining Jefferson's Notes on Virginia and related writings.
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On the Declaration of Independence
Natural Rights and the Question of SelfEvidence
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