This seminar provides a forum for introducing and discussing topics on the political history and philosophy of the United States.
The Scholl Center will invite speakers to address issues of citizenship, democracy, sociology, and the influence of political history on contemporary politics and theory. Unlike other Scholl seminars, papers will not be circulated in advance.
The seminar is sponsored by the Jack Miller Center.
It is well known that Thomas Paine’s Common Sense fueled an abrupt “republican turn” in American political thought during the early months of 1776.
John Adams played a much more significant role in the development of the Declaration of Independence than is conventionally recognized. Among his central contributions was to provide the definitive grounding for its egalitarianism in the concept of “happiness.” This was a move away from the slave-holding sections’ preferred commitment to “property.”