John Jefferson's Philosophy Of Idearchical Idealism

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It is evident in this particular writing, and many others, that Jefferson is a metaphysical idealist. He invokes Nature’s God as being the giver of law and the rights of man. In being so given by God, a right is personally held as property which cannot be abridged and is such an important gift that it ‘impels them to separate’ from those who might fetter these things. The gift is held by all mankind equally and separately, not as a whole; keeping with Jefferson’s views on property rights. Truth is ‘self-evident’, all mankind is ‘created equal’, and are granted ‘unalienable rights’. Government is a tool created by the people and with their consent and subject to abolishment should it fail to serve mankind. These ideas were revolutionary, inflammatory and strictly opposed by the governments of the day; that tended to be monarchial, dictatorial, or oligarchical in nature. Only a philosophy of metaphysical idealism could inform such a document. His ideas concerning the rights of man are also completely consistent with his idealism and even allowed for the freedom of the enslaved populations around the world and throughout the British Empire. He was somewhat of single mind on the subject but hypocritical in his
THE PHILOSOPHY OF JEFFERSON 5 actions. As a slaveowner, he was idealistically and theoretically, abolitionist and decried slavery as an evil, yet he presently saw no path toward
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