By H. Lee Cheek Jr.
Even if John C. Calhoun (1782-1850) continues to be one of many significant figures in American political suggestion, a lot of his critics have attempted to discredit him as in simple terms a southern partisan whose principles have been out of date even in the course of his lifetime. In Calhoun and well known Rule, H. Lee Cheek, Jr., makes an attempt to right such misconceptions through offering Calhoun as an unique political philosopher who committed his existence to the restoration of a "proper mode of well known rule." He argues that Calhoun had a coherent, systematic view of human nature and society and made a long-lasting contribution to the idea of constitutionalism and democracy. Cheek means that Calhoun used to be now not a political or philosophical aberration, yet an genuine exponent of yankee constitutionalism. He contends that Calhoun's view of democracy kinds a part of a philosophy of humankind and politics that has relevance past the yankee adventure. even though his concept of renowned rule used to be unique, it was once additionally on the topic of previous makes an attempt in the United States and somewhere else to restrict the facility of the bulk and safeguard minority pursuits. based on Cheek, Calhoun stood within the American political culture and tried to rearticulate a few of its vital parts. He explains Calhoun's suggestion of the concurrent majority and examines the way it has been awarded via Calhoun's critics, in addition to his fans. because the first mixed assessment of Calhoun's most crucial treatises, The Disquisition and The Discourse, this paintings merges Calhoun's theoretical place along with his endeavors to revive the necessity for well known rule. It additionally compares Calhoun's principles with these of alternative nice political thinkers akin to Thomas Jefferson and James Madison - whereas explaining what's actually designated approximately Calhoun's political theories. Calhoun's philosophy - his figuring out of the necessity for moral and political restraint and for institutional potential for acquiring concurrence - remains to be proper this day, specially given the present growing to be ethnic and cultural clash of the Western international. students of presidency and political suggestion, in addition to these drawn to figuring out "popular rule" and its theoretical and useful effect on smooth American govt, will locate this groundbreaking paintings to be of serious worth.