Selected Areas in Comparison of The Federalists, Antifederalists and John Locke
Schuler, Cynthia A.
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Ronald Stromberg, in An Intellectual History of Modern Europe wrote: "The interaction of historically important ideas with the social milieu from which they emerge and which in turn they influence--this broadly is the domain of intellectual history... It must remain for the intellectual historian to show how these ideas interacted with social reality, with past ideas, and with each other." He gave three things which influence the human mind,--legacy of past ideas; a social context, political, economic, etc.; and the other contemporary strains of thought. From this I realized that to approach a study of the Antifederalists and Federalists in any other way would be treating their ideas in a sterile manner. I know that I cannot in a paper of this length treat every influence on their thinking. I have therefore included only several areas of history, past and current, which I felt were important, especially to the specific areas of their philosophies of which I cover. I have included only one philosopher, John Locke, limiting my reference to him only to one of his works, The Second Treatise of Government. I hope the reader in judging this paper will take into consideration the brief way in which I covered this voluminous subject.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.