Date Thesis Awarded
Honors Thesis -- Open Access
Bachelors of Arts (BA)
The moral quantity of “happiness” provides an organizing principle for understanding the political thought of James Wilson. By using happiness as a metric for understanding his thought, the Revolution can be conceptualized as an intervention in favor of human improvement. In his political thought, Wilson supported an actively empowered government which could take steps needed to support citizens’ moral and material advancement and ultimately, their happiness.
Diestelow, Kevin, "The Republic of Happiness: James Wilson, Political Thought, and the American Revolution" (2021). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 1589.