Abstract

This paper is an examination of several of Thomas Jefferson's philosophical vignettes in his Notes on the State of Virginia. I begin with some thoughts on the structure of the book. I then turn to several of Jefferson's intriguing philosophical vignettes, concerning the aesthetic, natural explanation, Indians, blacks, education, religion, husbandry, and war. I end with some thoughts on what those vignettes tell us about Jefferson's philosophical frame of mind at the writing of his Notes.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-329X
Print ISSN
0190-0013
Pages
pp. 136-163
Launched on MUSE
2013-08-02
Open Access
No
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