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The Humane Comedy: Constant, Tocqueville and French Liberalism

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This book is the last completed work of one of the most distinguished political theorists and intellectual historians of our time. Focusing on the political ideas and activities of leading French liberals from approximately 1805 into the Second Empire, Professor Kelly presents a distinctive blending of ideological and intellectual history, biography, analysis of French regimes and their changes, and his own reflections concerning the wide and still highly pertinent range of issues and themes considered.
Beginning with a subtle analysis of the complex patterns of agreement and disagreement between the liberalisms of Benjamin Constant and Alexis de Tocqueville, the work offers a sophisticated examination of the attempts of a sequence of liberal thinkers to harmonize their commitments to political and civil liberty with one another, and with their profound desire for a legitimate and stable political order. Giving close but never reductive attention to the intellectual, political, and more closely personal biographies of the figures he considers, Professor Kelly provides nuanced accounts and appreciations of de Stael and Guizot, Royer-Collard and Remusat, Cousin and Lamartine, Laboulaye, Ollivier and Baudelaire. A major theme, of great relevance to the current debates about liberalism, is the contrast between the vigour and brilliance of these thinkers as political critics, their inefficacy as political actors, and their ultimate retreat from political life.

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Author(s):
George Armstrong Kelly
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
1992
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521412277
ISBN-13:
9780521412278
Number of pages:
262
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
The Humane Comedy: Constant, Tocqueville and French Liberalism

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This book is the last completed work of one of the most distinguished political theorists and intellectual historians of our time. Focusing on the political ideas and activities of leading French liberals from approximately 1805 into the Second Empire, Professor Kelly presents a distinctive blending of ideological and intellectual history, biography, analysis of French regimes and their changes, and his own reflections concerning the wide and still highly pertinent range of issues and themes considered.
Beginning with a subtle analysis of the complex patterns of agreement and disagreement between the liberalisms of Benjamin Constant and Alexis de Tocqueville, the work offers a sophisticated examination of the attempts of a sequence of liberal thinkers to harmonize their commitments to political and civil liberty with one another, and with their profound desire for a legitimate and stable political order. Giving close but never reductive attention to the intellectual, political, and more closely personal biographies of the figures he considers, Professor Kelly provides nuanced accounts and appreciations of de Stael and Guizot, Royer-Collard and Remusat, Cousin and Lamartine, Laboulaye, Ollivier and Baudelaire. A major theme, of great relevance to the current debates about liberalism, is the contrast between the vigour and brilliance of these thinkers as political critics, their inefficacy as political actors, and their ultimate retreat from political life.

Ex-library book.

Author(s):
George Armstrong Kelly
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
1992
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521412277
ISBN-13:
9780521412278
Number of pages:
262
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
The Humane Comedy: Constant, Tocqueville and French Liberalism

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