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The Routledge Guidebook to Paine's Rights of Man

By Frances Chiu

Routledge – 2015 – 288 pages

Series: The Routledge Guides to the Great Books

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Description

On publication in 1791-92, the two parts of Paine’s Rights of Man proved to be both wildly popular and extremely controversial. It was one of the earliest political texts to question hereditary government, it advocated democratic principles, and introduced a blueprint for the modern welfare state. As a result the book was both an instant bestseller and led to Paine’s trial, in his absence, for seditious libel.

The Routledge Guidebook to Paine’s Rights of Man provides a complete introduction to this foundational text in the history of modern political thought, addressing:

  • The context in which Rights on Man appeared: the rhetoric of ‘rights’, the proliferation of pamphlets and the French Revolution
  • The key themes and ideas explored by Paine and his arguments against tradition
  • The reception that Paine’s book received on publication and its ongoing influence

Author Bio

Frances A. Chiu is Assistant Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences at New School University in New York where she regularly teaches a course called ‘Age of Paine: Revolution, Radicalism, and Religion’.

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Description: By Frances Chiu. On publication in 1791-92, the two parts of Paine’s Rights of Man proved to be both wildly popular and extremely controversial. It was one of the earliest political texts to question hereditary government, it advocated democratic principles,...
Categories: Modern Political Theory, Intellectual History, Political Philosophy, Political Philosophy, American Political Thought