Political Philosophy and the American Political Process
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The hypothesis of this paper is that a knowledge and application of the development of Western political philosophy will help one to understand many of the actions that take place in the political life of the United States. This does not mean that all the complex questions asked by polit1cal science can be answered through an application of th1s approach, or that the American political process can be fully understood with this method alone. This approach does add two things to the study of politics that others do not: it gives a kind of perspective to the American Situation, through a comparison to the s1tuations of other nations that have much the same philosophical heritage, and it gives a solid framework wh1ch provides a context for all the trends in American politics. In this paper I will not attempt to make a detailed contrast or comparison with other countries; I will try to develop at least the beginning of a framework of the American political system.Missing pages 7-25.
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