A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles

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Basic Books, Jun 5, 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.
 

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A CONFLICT OF VISIONS: Ideological Origins Of Political Struggles

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

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

User Review  - jan13 - Overstock.com

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 NATURE OF MAN
TRADEOFFS VERSUS SOLUTIONS
SOCIAL MORALITY AND SOCIAL CAUSATION
SUMMARY AND IMPLICATIONS
THE MOBILIZATION OF KNOWLEDGE
ARTICULATED VERSUS SYSTEMIC RATIONALITY
SUMMARY AND IMPLICATIONS
ORDER AND DESIGN
SUMMARY AND IMPLICATIONS
LEGAL JUSTICE
INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS
SOCIAL JUSTICE
SUMMARY AND IMPLICATIONS
PARADIGMS AND EVIDENCE
VISIONS AND VALUES
VISIONS AND INTERESTS

PROCESS COSTS
SUMMARY AND IMPLICATIONS
OPERATIONAL DEFINITIONS
HYBRID VISIONS
SUMMARY AND IMPLICATIONS
CAUSATION
KINDS OF EQUALITIES AND INEQUALITIES
SUMMARY AND IMPLICATIONS
FORCE AND VIOLENCE
THE LOCUS OF DISCRETION
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
THE ROLE OF VISIONS
VISIONS OF KNOWLEDGE AND REASON
VISIONS OF SOCIAL PROCESSES
VARIETIES AND DYNAMICS OF VISIONS
VISIONS OF EQUALITY
VISIONS OF POWER
VISIONS OF JUSTICE
VISIONS VALUES AND PARADIGMS
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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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