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Wilson's philosophical foundation of thought.,
This review is from: Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism (American Intellectual Culture) (Paperback)
While also reading one of the commonly acknowledged biographies of Wilson, I came across this book. The biography presents Wilson's social life in great and tedious detail, but says very very little about who he was and why he did what he did. Pestrito's book correct this defect. Wilson believed in the supremacy of The State above the individual. He was educated by Historicists who did not believed the Theory of Natural Rights as embodied in the Declaration and the Constitution. They latched on to Darwinism and corrupted it into a vision of perfection of mankind through perfection of the State. This book makes clear the roots of the philosophy but tells the story in clear and readily understandable terms. It is a page turner, not a sleep inducer. I would heartily recommend it for those interested in the intellectual history of the modern era.
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Initial post: Aug 8, 2012 12:25:56 PM PDT
L. Kennedy says:
Helpful review. I recently finished Mark Levin's Ameritopia. It sounds like Wilson was heavily influenced by Plato's Republic.
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