American Philosophical Tradition

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American Philosophical Tradition British influences *John Locke and liberalism- centrality of freedom; we’re all free and equal -more concerned with freedom (Lady Liberty, “it’s a free country” etc) -British tradition – hung up on freedom (French rev was about equality, but we are Brit influenced) *Institutional base -protect freedom by forming institutions (Hobbes) -American tradition mixes Locke idea of equality with Hobbes’ idea that men must be controlled, protected -very different from a society rooted in equality; we don’t have equal health coverage *British poor laws -Catholic church originally took care of poor (after Henry VIII made Church of England…) -his daughter, Elizabeth made Elizabethan poor laws: local governments have power to give social services once provided by church (health, education, we follow this tradition) *Freedom (negative, positive, integrative) -emphasizes private property (liberalism is not our modern liberalism, it means freedom) -Dec of Independence (life, liberty, pursuit of happiness)
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This note was uploaded on 03/15/2009 for the course POSC POSC343 taught by Professor Palley during the Spring '09 term at University of Delaware.

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