Defining the Common Good: Empire, Religion, and Philosophy in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Cambridge University Press (1994)
Abstract
The theme of this book is the crisis of the early modern state in eighteenth-century Britain. The revolt of the North American colonies and the simultaneous demand for wider religious toleration at home challenged the principles of sovereignty and obligation that underpinned arguments about the character of the state. These were expressed in terms of the 'common good', 'necessity', and 'community' - concepts that came to the fore in early modern European political thought and which gave expression to the problem of defining legitimate authority in a period of increasing consciousness of state power. The Americans and their British supporters argued that individuals ought to determine the common good of the community. A new theory of representation and freedom of thought defines the cutting edge of this revolutionary redefinition of the basic relationship between individual and community.
Keywords Political science History  Imperialism History  Philosophy, British  Common good
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Call number DA480.M627 1994
ISBN(s) 052161712X   9780521442596   0521442591   9780521617123
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