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A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles

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In this classic work, Thomas Sowell analyzes 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. He describes how these two radically opposed views have manifested themselves in the political controversies of the past two centuries, including such contemporary issues as welfare reform, social justice, and crime. Updated to include sweeping political changes since its first publication in 1987, this revised edition of A Conflict of Visions offers a convincing case that ethical and policy disputes circle around the disparity between both outlooks.

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Sowell (Hoover Institution, Stanford U.) makes the case that all political differences have their root in two, mutually antagonistic views of human nature. One view, frequently evoked by left-wing thinkers, suggests that man is perfectible and is labeled "unconstrained." The "constrained" view, advocated by F.A. Hayek, Edmund Burke, Adam Smith and others, sees man as essentially selfish. A supporter of the "constrained" version himself, Sowell looks at how the competing visions influence ideas on social processes and theories of knowledge and reason. He then explores how the competing perspectives condition questions of equality, power, and justice.
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About the Author

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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ruthkappes, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by ruthkappes)
An excellent (neutral) look at the axioms upon which our ideological opinions and beliefs are based- a topic that is all too often ignored by scholars and laymen alike.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780465081424
Subtitle:
Idealogical Origins of Political Struggles
Author:
Sowell, Thomas
Publisher:
Basic Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Ideology
Subject:
Social values
Subject:
Visions
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
World
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 00-4754
Publication Date:
20070605
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.00 x 5.31 in 11.50 oz

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