The Humane Comedy: Constant, Tocqueville, and French Liberalism

The Humane Comedy: Constant, Tocqueville, and French Liberalism

by George Armstrong Kelly
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521412277

ISBN-13: 9780521412278

Pub. Date: 12/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this study of French liberalism in the first half of the nineteenth century and its continuing relevance to political theory and practice, emphasis is given to the tensions and fissures within liberalism as well as to its struggles against Jacobinism, conservatism and socialism. It is a blend of political theory, biography and intellectual and political history

Overview

In this study of French liberalism in the first half of the nineteenth century and its continuing relevance to political theory and practice, emphasis is given to the tensions and fissures within liberalism as well as to its struggles against Jacobinism, conservatism and socialism. It is a blend of political theory, biography and intellectual and political history informed throughout by the author's distinctive political, moral and religious sensibilities. A major theme of great relevance to current debate about liberalism is the contrast between the vigor and brilliance of these thinkers as political critics, their inefficacy as political actors and their ultimate retreat from political life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521412278
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 8.03(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Stephen R. Graubard; Acknowledgements; 1. Ports in the storm; 2. Constant versus Tocqueville; 3. In partibus fidelium; 4. Philosophy as civil religion; 5. Lamartine, liberalism's fallen angel; 6. Parnassian liberalism; Index.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >