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Common Sense

A Political History

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$30.00 • £24.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674284166

Publication Date: 05/12/2014


368 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

14 halftones


  • Introduction
  • 1. The Ghost of Common Sense: London, 1688–1739
  • 2. Everyman’s Perception of the World: Aberdeen, 1758–1770
  • 3. The Radical Uses of Bon Sens: Amsterdam, 1760–1775
  • 4. Building a Common Sense Republic: Philadelphia, 1776
  • 5. Making War on Revolutionary Reason: Paris, 1790–1792
  • 6. Königsberg to New York: The Fate of Common Sense in the Modern World
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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