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The Resource The great debate : Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the birth of right and left, Yuval Levin

The great debate : Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the birth of right and left, Yuval Levin

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The great debate : Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the birth of right and left
Title
The great debate
Title remainder
Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the birth of right and left
Statement of responsibility
Yuval Levin
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In The Great Debate Yuval Levin explores the origins of the familiar left/right divide in American politics by examining the views of the men who best represent each side of that debate: Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine. In a groundbreaking exploration of the origins of our political order, Levin shows that our political divide did not originate (as many historians argue) in the French Revolution, but rather in the Anglo-American debate about that revolution. Burke and Paine were both utterly fascinating figures--active in politics, versed in philosophy, and two of the best, most effective and powerful political writers and polemicists in the history of the English speaking world. Levin sets the work of these two men against the dramatic history of their era and shows how they mixed theory and practice to advance their very different notions of liberty, equality, nature, history, reason, revolution, and reform. Paine believed in radical change and saw the American and French Revolutions as catalysts for creating a new society; Burke believed in a significantly more gradual approach with each generation acting merely as part of a long chain of history. These differing approaches to revolution and reform created a division that continues to shape our current political discourse--including issues ranging from gun control and abortion to welfare and economic reform"--
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Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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The great debate : Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the birth of right and left, Yuval Levin
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-266) and index
Contents
  • Two lives in the arena
  • Nature and history
  • Justice and order
  • Choice and obligation
  • Reason and prescription
  • Revolution and reform
  • Generations and the living
  • Conclusion
Control code
ocn858672374
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xix, 275 p.
Isbn
9780465050970
Lccn
2013032088
Label
The great debate : Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the birth of right and left, Yuval Levin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-266) and index
Contents
  • Two lives in the arena
  • Nature and history
  • Justice and order
  • Choice and obligation
  • Reason and prescription
  • Revolution and reform
  • Generations and the living
  • Conclusion
Control code
ocn858672374
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xix, 275 p.
Isbn
9780465050970
Lccn
2013032088

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