A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles

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Basic Books, 2002 - 292 Seiten
Controversies in politics arise from many sources, but the conflicts that endure for generations or centuries show a remarkably consistent pattern. In this classic work, Thomas Sowell analyzes this pattern. He describes 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. A Conflict of Visions offers a convincing case that ethical and policy disputes circle around the disparity between both outlooks.

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Nutzerbericht  - applemcg - LibraryThing

the first few chapters held my attention. Sowell's treatment of constrained and unconstrained vision were sufficient. Intellectual and erudite, but not captivating. On first glance,unconstrained and ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

A CONFLICT OF VISIONS: Ideological Origins Of Political Struggles

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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 ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

THE ROLE OF VISIONS
3
CONSTRAINED AND UNCONSTRAINED VISIONS
9
VISIONS OF KNOWLEDGE AND REASON
35
VISIONS OF SOCIAL PROCESSES
67
VARIETIES AND DYNAMICS OF VISIONS
99
APPLICATIONS
127
VISIONS OF EQUALITY
129
VISIONS OF POWER
151
VISIONS OF JUSTICE
187
VISIONS VALUES AND PARADIGMS
223
NOTES
255
INDEX
285
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Über den Autor (2002)

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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