The ethics of Thomas Jefferson
Williams, Kenneth Raynor
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This study is an analysis of the ethical system of Thomas Jefferson. It traces the development of Jefferson and notes t he changes in his beliefs from the days of his youth to the point where he became a highly independent thinker. It shows the dependence of his theories of government, society and politics on his ethical theories and holds that Jefferson put forth a conscious effort to establish ethical principles as the foundation of democratic government. Thomas Jefferson was reared as an aristocrat. Nothing in his earliest writings indicates that he had any specific plans for a career or that he questioned the social, religious or cultural patterns of Virginia when he entered Wil liam and Mary College . The first indications of learnings toward liberal concepts appeared in letters written about the time that he was engaging regularly in informal discussions with Governor Francis Fauquier, Dr. William Small and George Wythe [TRUNCATED].
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University.