A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles

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Basic Books, Jun 5, 2007 - Philosophy - 352 pages
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Thomas Sowell's classic analysis of the opposing visions behind today's ethical and ideological disputes
Controversies in politics arise from many sources, but the conflicts that endure for generations or centuries show a remarkably consistent pattern. This revised edition of a classic analyzes the centuries-long debates about the nature of reason, justice, equality, and power. It distinguishes between those with the "constrained" vision, which sees human nature as enduring and self-centered, and the "unconstrained" vision, in which human nature is malleable and perfectible. A Conflict of Visions offers a compelling case that these opposing visions are behind the ethical and ideological disputes of yesterday and today.
 

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A CONFLICT OF VISIONS: Ideological Origins Of Political Struggles

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A broadly sweeping philosophical analysis, Sowell's new book performs a useful service for people interested in contemporary politics: it attempts to lay out objectively the basic differences between ... Read full review

A Conflict of Visions

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Thomas Sowell. A true intelligent author grounded in values and ideas which have made this country great has delivered his predictably fine and solid ideas. Everyone should read this book.Overstock ... 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 is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the author of dozens of books and the recipient of various awards, including the National Humanities Medal, Presented by the President of the United States in 2003.