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The Limits of Optimism: Thomas Jefferson's Dualistic Enlightenment

The Limits of Optimism: Thomas Jefferson's Dualistic Enlightenment (Paperback)

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The Limits of Optimism works to dispel persistent notions about Jefferson's allegedly paradoxical and sphinx-like quality. Maurizio Valsania shows that Jefferson's multifaceted character and personality are to a large extent the logical outcome of an anti-metaphysical, enlightened and humility-oriented approach to reality. That Jefferson's mind and priorities changed over time and in response to changing circumstances indicates neither incoherence, hypocrisy nor pathology.Valsania's reading of Jefferson, the Enlightenment and negativity helps to make sense of the many paradoxes typically associated with that eighteenth-century thinker. At the same time, it provides a corrective to the common though erroneous equation of Enlightenment thinking with rationalism and shallow optimism.

History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalModern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical structure & processesPolitical leaders & leadershipHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory of the Americas Publisher: University of Virginia Press Publication Date: 15/02/2013 ISBN-13: 9780813934457  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Maurizio Valsania is Professor of the History of Philosophy at the University of Torino, Italy.

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