Liberal Values: Benjamin Constant and the Politics of Religion

Liberal Values: Benjamin Constant and the Politics of Religion

by Helena Rosenblatt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521898250

ISBN-13: 9780521898256

Pub. Date: 12/31/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Professor Rosenblatt presents a study of Benjamin Constant's intellectual development into a founding father of modern liberalism, through a careful analysis of his evolving views on religion. Constant's life spanned the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, Napoleon's rise and rule, and the Bourbon Restoration. Rosenblatt analyzes Constant's key role in many of this…  See more details below

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Professor Rosenblatt presents a study of Benjamin Constant's intellectual development into a founding father of modern liberalism, through a careful analysis of his evolving views on religion. Constant's life spanned the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, Napoleon's rise and rule, and the Bourbon Restoration. Rosenblatt analyzes Constant's key role in many of this era's heated debates over the role of religion in politics, and, in doing so, exposes and addresses many misconceptions that have long reigned about Constant and his period. In particular, Rosenblatt sheds light on Constant's major, yet much-neglected work, De la religion. Given that the role of religion is, once again, center-stage in our political, philosophical, and historical arenas, Liberal Values constitutes a major and timely revision of our understanding of the origins of modern liberalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521898256
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2008
Series:
Ideas in Context Series, #92
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Note on translations

1 Constant's education: the French, Scottish, and German Enlightenments 6

2 The crucible of the Directory years 37

3 Napoleon, or battling "the new Cyrus" 76

4 Constant becomes Constant: from the Principles of Politics (1806) to The Spirit of Conquest and Usurpation (1814) 122

5 Politics and religion during the Restoration (1814-1824) 155

6 "The Protestant Bossuet": De la religion in political context (1824-1830) 192

7 Constant's legacy 234

Select bibliography 249

Index 266

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