The eighty-five Federalist essays written by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison as 'Publius' to support the ratification of the Constitution in 1787–88 are regarded as the preeminent American contribution to Western political theory. Recently, there have been major developments in scholarship on the Revolutionary and Founding era as well as increased public interest in constitutional matters that make this a propitious moment to reflect on the contributions and complexity of The Federalist. This volume of specially commissioned essays covers the broad scope of 'Publius' work, including historical, political, philosophical, juridical, and moral dimensions. In so doing, they bring the design and arguments of the text into focus for twenty-first century scholars, students, and citizens and show how these diverse treatments of The Federalist are associated with an array of substantive political and constitutional perspectives in our own time.
About the Author
Jack N. Rakove is William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies and Professor of Political Science and (by courtesy) Law at Stanford University, California. He is the author of seven books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution (1996).
Colleen A. Sheehan is Professor of Politics and Director of the Matthew J. Ryan Center at Villanova University. Her publications include James Madison and the Spirit of Republican Self-Government (2009) and The Mind of James Madison: The Legacy of Classical Republicanism (Cambridge, 2015).
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. Publius and the antifederalists: a satisfactory answer to all the objections? David J. Siemers; 2. John Jay, The Federalist, and the Constitution Queintin P. Taylor; 3. Hamilton on security, war, and revenue Max M. Edling; 4. Reason against passion: institutional balance, international relations, and the law of nations in The Federalist David M. Golove and Daniel J. Hulsebosch; 5. The Federalist's new federalism Michael Zuckert; 6. The political psychology of Publius: reason, interest, and interest in The Federalist Jon Elster; 7. Montesquieu, Hume, Adam Smith, and the philosophical perspective of The Federalist Paul A. Rahe; 8. Madison's republican remedy: the Tenth Federalist and the creation of an impartial republic Alan Gibson; 9. The republicanism of Publius Colleen A. Sheehan; 10. The interests of the man: James Madison's constitutional politics Larry D. Kramer; 11. Politics indoors and out-of-doors: a fault line in Madison's thinking Jack Rakove; 12. 'The cool and deliberate sense of the community': The Federalist on Congress Greg Weiner; 13. Publius on monarchy Eric Nelson; 14. The Federalist and the judiciary William M. Treanor; 15. Publius' political science John Ferejohn and Roderick Hills; 16. The republican form of government in The Federalist Harvey C. Mansfield.