The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson

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Boorstin, Daniel J. The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson. 1948. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1981.

Develops with clarity and precision the static, pre-Darwinian, yet post-Ptolemaic, cosmology of the American Philosophical Society, which saw the universe as the perfectly designed machine of the "Supreme Workman." An important study of 18th-c. intellectual American mindset.


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