The Spirit of Modern Republicanism

Thomas Pangle, The Spirit of Modern Republicanism (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988).

The Spirit of Modern Republicanism¬†sets forth a radical reinterpretation of the foundations on which the American regime was constructed. Thomas L. Pangle argues that the Founders had a dramatically new vision of civic virtue, religious faith, and intellectual life, rooted in an unprecedented commitment to private and economic liberties. It is in the thought of John Locke that Pangle finds the fullest elaboration of the principles supporting the Founders’ moral vision.