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Benjamin Franklin Unmasked: On the Unity of His Moral, Religious, and Political Thought (Hardback)

J. Weinberger

Edité par University Press of Kansas, United States, 2005
ISBN 10: 070061396X / ISBN 13: 9780700613960
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Titre : Benjamin Franklin Unmasked: On the Unity of ...

Éditeur : University Press of Kansas, United States

Date d'édition : 2005

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. Moral paragon, public servant, founding father; scoundrel, opportunist, womanizing phony: There are many Benjamin Franklins. Now, as we celebrate the tercentenary of Franklin s birth, Jerry Weinberger reveals the Franklin behind the many masks and shows that the real Franklin was far more remarkable than anyone has yet discovered. Taking the Autobiography as the key to Franklin s thought, Weinberger argues that previous assessments have not yet probed to the bottom of Ben s famous irony and elusiveness. While others take the self-portrait as an elder statesman s relaxed and playful retrospection, Weinberger unveils it as the window to Franklin s deepest reflections on God, virtue, justice, equality, natural rights, love, the good life, the modern technological project, and the place and limits of reason in politics and human experience. Along the way, Weinberger explores Franklin s ribald humor, usually ignored or toned down by historians and critics, and shows it to be charming - and philosophic. Following Franklin s rhetorical twists and turns, Weinberger discovers a serious thinker who was profoundly critical of religion, moral virtue, and political ideals and whose grasp of human folly constrained his hopes for enlightenment and political reform. This close and amusing reading of Franklin portrays a scrupulous dialectical philosopher, humane and wise, but more provocative and disturbing than even the most hardboiled interpreters have taken Franklin to be - a freethinking critic of Enlightenment freethinking, who played his moral and theological cards very close to the vest. Written for general readers who want to delve more deeply into the mind of a great man and great American, Benjamin Franklin Unmasked shows us a massively powerful intellect lurking behind the leather-apron countenance. This lively, witty, and revelatory book is indispensable for those who want to meet the real Franklin. N° de réf. du libraire AAN9780700613960

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Synopsis : Moral paragon, public servant, founding father; scoundrel, opportunist, womanizing phony: There are many Benjamin Franklins. Now, as we celebrate the tercentenary of Franklin's birth, Jerry Weinberger reveals the Franklin behind the many masks and shows that the real Franklin was far more remarkable than anyone has yet discovered. Taking the Autobiography as the key to Franklin's thought, Weinberger argues that previous assessments have not yet probed to the bottom of Ben's famous irony and elusiveness. While others take the self-portrait as an elder statesman's relaxed and playful retrospection, Weinberger unveils it as the window to Franklin's deepest reflections on God, virtue, justice, equality, natural rights, love, the good life, the modern technological project, and the place and limits of reason in politics and human experience. Along the way, Weinberger explores Franklin's ribald humor, usually ignored or toned down by historians and critics, and shows it to be charming - and philosophic. Following Franklin's rhetorical twists and turns, Weinberger discovers a serious thinker who was profoundly critical of religion, moral virtue, and political ideals and whose grasp of human folly constrained his hopes for enlightenment and political reform. This close and amusing reading of Franklin portrays a scrupulous dialectical philosopher, humane and wise, but more provocative and disturbing than even the most hardboiled interpreters have taken Franklin to be - a freethinking critic of Enlightenment freethinking, who played his moral and theological cards very close to the vest. Written for general readers who want to delve more deeply into the mind of a great man and great American, "Benjamin Franklin Unmasked" shows us a massively powerful intellect lurking behind the leather-apron countenance. This lively, witty, and revelatory book is indispensable for those who want to meet the real Franklin.

Critique: "Ravishingly subversive." - Andrew Sullivan "An elegant and fascinating companion to, and analysis of, the work of our cleverest Founding Father. At a time when some noisy advocates are attempting to revise American history, and to represent the Founders as men who believed in a Christian nation, this book could not be more welcome." - Christopher Hitchens in the Atlantic Monthly "Franklin's many masks are examined and lifted to disclose the one real man - a thinker - behind them. Weinberger gives us the radical truth about Franklin in a book that is a delight to read." - Harvey Mansfield, author of America's Constitutional Soul "A bracing, hilarious, and enlightening experience." - Ralph Lerner, author of The Thinking Revolutionary: Principle and Practice in the New Republic "Weinberger's book offers a revolutionary reevaluation of Franklin's thought, one that unveils Franklin as a far more subtle, complex, and subversive thinker than most have cared to notice. This useful volume has the virtue of being an education in itself, and will pay rich dividends for those willing to learn from this charming American Socrates." - Weekly Standard"

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