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A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Basic Books
Publication date June 4, 2007
Pages 329
Binding Paperback
Edition Revised
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780465002054
ISBN-10 0465002056
Dimensions 1 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.65 lbs.
Original list price $21.99
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In this classic work, Thomas Sowell analyzes the two competing visions that shape our debates about the nature of reason, justice, equality, and power: the “constrained” vision, which sees human nature as unchanging and selfish, and the “unconstrained” vision, in which human nature is malleable and perfectible. He describes how these two radically opposed views have manifested themselves in the political controversies of the past two centuries, including such contemporary issues as welfare reform, social justice, and crime. Updated to include sweeping political changes since its first publication in 1987, this revised edition of A Conflict of Visions offers a convincing case that ethical and policy disputes circle around the disparity between both outlooks.


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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780688069124
 
from William Morrow & Co (January 1, 1987)
9780688069124 | details & prices | 5.75 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $15.95
About: Shows how social theorists--from William Godwin and Adam Smith in the eighteenth century to John Kenneth Galbraith and Milton Friedman in the twentieth--have based their thinking on two irreconcilable premises: the constrained and unconstrained vision
Paperback
Book cover for 9780465002054 Book cover for 9780465081424
 
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Revised edition from Basic Books (June 4, 2007)
9780465002054 | details & prices | 329 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $21.99
About: In this classic work, Thomas Sowell analyzes the two competing visions that shape our debates about the nature of reason, justice, equality, and power: the “constrained” vision, which sees human nature as unchanging and selfish, and the “unconstrained” vision, in which human nature is malleable and perfectible.
from Basic Books (January 3, 2002)
9780465081424 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $18.95
About: Controversies in politics arise from many sources, but the conflicts that endure for generations or centuries show a remarkably consistent pattern.

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