The Resource Common sense : a political history, Sophia Rosenfeld

Common sense : a political history, Sophia Rosenfeld

Label
Common sense : a political history
Title
Common sense
Title remainder
a political history
Statement of responsibility
Sophia Rosenfeld
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Common sense has always been a cornerstone of American politics. In 1776, Tom Paine's vital pamphlet with that title sparked the American Revolution. And today, common sense--the wisdom of ordinary people, knowledge so self-evident that it is beyond debate--remains a powerful political ideal, utilized alike by George W. Bush's aw-shucks articulations and Barack Obama's down-to-earth reasonableness. But far from self-evident is where our faith in common sense comes from and how its populist logic has shaped modern democracy. Common Sense: A Political History is the first book to explore this essential political phenomenon
  • The story begins in the aftermath of England's Glorious Revolution, when common sense first became a political ideal worth struggling over. Sophia Rosenfeld's accessible and insightful account then wends its way across two continents and multiple centuries, revealing the remarkable individuals who appropriated the old, seemingly universal idea of common sense and the new strategic uses they made of it. Paine may have boasted that common sense is always on the side of the people and opposed to the rule of kings, but Rosenfeld demonstrates that common sense has been used to foster demagoguery and exclusivity as well as popular sovereignty. She provides a new account of the transatlantic Enlightenment and the Age of Revolutions, and offers a fresh reading on what the eighteenth century bequeathed to the political ferment of our own time. Far from commonsensical, the history of common sense turns out to be rife with paradox and surprise
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rosenfeld, Sophia A
Dewey number
320.01/1
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
JA83
LC item number
.R724 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Paine, Thomas
  • Political science
  • United States
  • France
  • Democracy
Label
Common sense : a political history, Sophia Rosenfeld
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references 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 ghost of common sense: London, 1688-1739 -- Everyman's perception of the world: Aberdeen, 1758-1770 -- The radical uses of bon sens: Amsterdam, 1760-1775 -- Building a common sense republic: Philadelphia, 1776 -- Making war on revolutionary reason: Paris, 1790-1792 -- Konigsberg to New York: the fate of common sense in the modern world
Control code
ocn664115056
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
337 pages, [14] pages of plates
Isbn
9780674057814
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010038504
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)664115056
Label
Common sense : a political history, Sophia Rosenfeld
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references 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 ghost of common sense: London, 1688-1739 -- Everyman's perception of the world: Aberdeen, 1758-1770 -- The radical uses of bon sens: Amsterdam, 1760-1775 -- Building a common sense republic: Philadelphia, 1776 -- Making war on revolutionary reason: Paris, 1790-1792 -- Konigsberg to New York: the fate of common sense in the modern world
Control code
ocn664115056
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
337 pages, [14] pages of plates
Isbn
9780674057814
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010038504
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)664115056

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