The Political Theory of The Federalist
In The Political Theory of “The Federalist,” David F. Epstein offers a guide to the fundamental principles of American government as they were understood by the framers of the Constitution. Epstein here demonstrates the remarkable depth and clarity of The Federalist’s argument, reveals its specifically political (not merely economic) view of human nature, and describes how and why the American regime combines liberal and republican values.
“While it is a model of scholarly care and clarity, this study deserves an audience outside the academy. . . . David F. Epstein’s book is a fine demonstration of just how much a close reading can accomplish, free of any flights of theory or fancy references.”—New Republic
“Epstein’s strength lies in two aspects of his own approach. One is that he reads the text with uncommon closeness and sensitivity; the other is an extensive knowledge of the European political thought which itself forms an indispensable background to the minds of the authors.”—Times Literary Supplement
Government by Choice
Force and Accident
Fitness for Choice
The American Mode
The Necessity of Energy
"Upon Whom that Power Ought to Operate"
Unlimited Powers and Limited Government
A Study of the Federalist 10
The Problem of Faction
Passions and Interests
Controlling the effects of Faction
The Extended Sphere
Theoretical Uncertainty and Honorable Determination
Rule by Law
"Ambition must be made to counteract Ambition"
"Safe to the Liberties of the People": Represetation of the Whole
"Useful to the Affairs of the Public": Representationn of the Parts
Good Government: The More Permanent Branchs
Responsability and Reputation
Conclusion: The Ambitious and the Partisans