The Resource Benjamin Franklin unmasked : on the unity of his moral, religious, and political thought, Jerry Weinberger

Benjamin Franklin unmasked : on the unity of his moral, religious, and political thought, Jerry Weinberger

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Benjamin Franklin unmasked : on the unity of his moral, religious, and political thought
Title
Benjamin Franklin unmasked
Title remainder
on the unity of his moral, religious, and political thought
Statement of responsibility
Jerry Weinberger
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Moral paragon, public servant, founding father; scoundrel, opportunist, womanizing phony: There are many Benjamin Franklins. Now, as we celebrate the tercentenary of Franklin's birth, Jerry Weinberger reveals the Franklin behind the many masks and shows that the real Franklin was far more remarkable than anyone has yet discovered."
  • "Taking the Autobiography as the key to Franklin's thought, Weinberger argues that previous assessments have not yet probed to the bottom of Ben's famous irony and elusiveness. While others take the self-portrait as an elder statesman's relaxed and playful retrospection, Weinberger unveils it as the window to Franklin's deepest reflections on God, virtue, justice, equality, natural rights, love, the good life, the modern technological project, and the place and limits of reason in politics and human experience. Along the way, Weinberger explores Franklin's ribald humor, usually ignored or toned down by historians and critics, and shows it to be charming - and philosophic."
  • "Following Franklin's rhetorical twists and turns, Weinberger discovers a serious thinker who was profoundly critical of religion, moral virtue, and political ideals and whose grasp of human folly constrained his hopes for enlightenment and political reform. This close and entertaining reading of Franklin portrays a scrupulous dialectical philosopher, humane and wise, but more provocative and disturbing than even the most hardboiled interpreters have taken him to be - a freethinking critic of Enlightenment freethinking, who played his moral and theological cards very close to the vest."
  • "Written for general readers who want to delve more deeply into the mind of a great man and great American, Benjamin Franklin Unmasked shows us a massively powerful intellect lurking behind the leather-apron countenance."--Jacket
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Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1944-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Weinberger, Jerry
Dewey number
973.3/092
Index
index present
LC call number
E302.6.F8
LC item number
W545 2005
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
American political thought
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Franklin, Benjamin
  • Franklin, Benjamin
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Benjamin Franklin unmasked : on the unity of his moral, religious, and political thought, Jerry Weinberger
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-326) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The autobiography : a comic moral saga? -- The autobiography : or just a pack of lies? -- The philosophical wag -- Shameless Ben -- The metaphysical follies -- Dialectics and the critique of morality -- The political principles of the good life -- The political project of the good life
Control code
ocm58422869
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvi, 336 pages
Isbn
9780700613960
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2005005623
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9780700613960
System control number
(OCoLC)58422869
Label
Benjamin Franklin unmasked : on the unity of his moral, religious, and political thought, Jerry Weinberger
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-326) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The autobiography : a comic moral saga? -- The autobiography : or just a pack of lies? -- The philosophical wag -- Shameless Ben -- The metaphysical follies -- Dialectics and the critique of morality -- The political principles of the good life -- The political project of the good life
Control code
ocm58422869
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvi, 336 pages
Isbn
9780700613960
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2005005623
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9780700613960
System control number
(OCoLC)58422869

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