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Representation, Virtue, and Political Jealousy in the Brutus-Publius Dialogue

Emery G. Lee III
The Journal of Politics
Vol. 59, No. 4 (Nov., 1997), pp. 1073-1095
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2998593
Page Count: 23
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Abstract

This article presents both circumstantial and textual evidence for a reading of the tenth Federalist in dialogue with the first Essay of the Anti-Federalist Brutus. This evidence strongly suggests that Madison was particularly concerned with refuting Brutus's theory of representation while writing his most famous essay When read in this context, it becomes apparent that "virtue," especially the "virtue" of representatives, plays a much greater role in the arguments of the Federalist than is usually assumed, and that the "political jealousy" that characterizes some Federalist essays, especially No. 51, is in tension with these arguments that rely on "virtue." This interpretation of the tenth Federalist in dialogue with Brutus thus refocuses attention on the gulf separating Madison's contributions to the Federalist from our own time and democratic ideals.

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