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Joseph de Maistre and his European Readers: From Friedrich von Gentz to Isaiah Berlin

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Following the publication of Isaiah Berlin's essay on Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821), the Savoyard philosopher has been known primarily in the English-speaking world as a precursor of fascism. The essays in this volume challenge this view. Disclosing the inaccuracies and limitations of Berlin's account, they illustrate Maistre's colossally diverse European posterity. Far from an inflexible ideologist, Maistre was a versatile and deeply modern thinker who attracted interpreters ...

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Following the publication of Isaiah Berlin's essay on Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821), the Savoyard philosopher has been known primarily in the English-speaking world as a precursor of fascism. The essays in this volume challenge this view. Disclosing the inaccuracies and limitations of Berlin's account, they illustrate Maistre's colossally diverse European posterity. Far from an inflexible ideologist, Maistre was a versatile and deeply modern thinker who attracted interpreters across the political spectrum.

Through the centuries, Maistre's passionate Europeanism has contributed to his popularity from Madrid to Moscow. And in our times, when religion is re-asserting itself as a source of public reason, his theorization of the encounter between tradition and modernity is lending his work ever more urgent relevance.

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Meet the Author

Carolina Armenteros is a Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the University of Groningen and a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge. She has published on Maistre in the Journal of the History of Ideas and History of Political Thought. With Richard Lebrun, she has co-edited The New enfant du siècle: Joseph de Maistre as a Writer (St Andrews, 2010) and Joseph de Maistre and the Legacy of Enlightenment (Oxford, 2011).

Richard Lebrun is Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba. He is the author of two monographs on Maistre, the translator and editor of two volumes of essays on Maistre, and of two other volumes of essays co-edited with Carolina Armenteros. He has published English translations of many of Maistre’s works.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

List of Contributors ix

Introduction Carolina Armenteros Richard A. Lebrun 1

Memento Jean-Louis Darcel 17

part I Maistre In The United Kingdom

Berlin, Maistre, and Fascism Cyprian Blamires 29

Part II Maistre in Nineteenth-Century France

Le mystique de la tradition: Barbey Worships at the Altar of Joseph de Maistre Kevin Michael Erwin 59

Auguste Comte's Reading of Maistre's Du pape: Two Theories of Spiritual Authority Tonatiuh Useche Sandoval 75

Part III Maistre's German Readers

The Correspondence of Friedrich von Gentz: The Reception of Du pape in the German-speaking World Raphaël Cahen 95

"All Evil is the Cancellation of Unity": Joseph de Maistre and Late German Romanticism Adrian Daub 123

Maistrian Themes in Walter Benjamins Sociology Ryohei Kageura 151

A Dialectical Reading of Joseph de Maistre by Herbert Marcuse Michael Kohlhauer 171

Part IV Maistre's Italian Posterity

Joseph de Maistre and Italy Marco Ravera 189

Part V Maistre's Russian Fate

Preparing the Russian Revolution: Maistre and Uvarov on the History of Knowledge Carolina Armenteros 213

Epilogue: The Reception of Maistre's Considérations sur la France José Miguel Nanni Soares 249

Conclusion Carolina Armenteros 265

Bibliography 277

Index 293

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