New York: Oxford University Press, 1987. Abner Graboff (jacket design). First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Used - Very Good. Brown cloth boards with black lettering to spine. Slight spine slant. Corners sharp. Clean, unmarked, tight. Endnotes. Index. 16 x 24 cm. 273 pp. / Very Good. Some scuffing and general wear. Item #13955
In 1787, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison wrote "The Federalist" to defend and rally support for the ratification of the Constitution. In "Philosophy, 'The Federalist', and the Constitution", Morton White presents a comprehensive analysis of the major philosophical ideas in "The Federalist". Using the tools of philosophy and intellectual history, White extracts and examines the interlocking theory of knowledge, theory of history, psychology, metaphysics, theory of action, and ethics used by Hamilton, Madison, and Jay in their defense of the Constitution and accepted by other founding fathers. A thorough comprehension of these ideas, White maintains, it is necessary if we are to understand fully "The Federalist" itself. "Philosophy, 'The Federalist', and the Constitution" provides a unique and penetrating view of the beliefs of those who helped launch the American republic.