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French Political Thought from Montesquieu to Tocqueville: Liberty in a Levelled Society?
Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Political thought in eighteenth century France: the invention of aristocratic liberalism 2. Liberty and inequality: the Royalist discourse 3. A society of equals: theExpand
ARISTOCRATIC LIBERALISM IN POST-REVOLUTIONARY FRANCE
  • A. D. Dijn
  • Sociology
  • The Historical Journal
  • 1 September 2005
This article investigates the nature and prevalence of aristocratic liberalism in post-revolutionary France. Defenders of the aristocracy, it argues, departed from a specific conception of liberty,Expand
Was Montesquieu a Liberal Republican
This paper sets out to criticize Thomas Pangle's and Paul Rahe's reading of The Spirit of the Laws as a contribution to liberal republicanism, arguing instead that Montesquieu's text is betterExpand
Reading Tocqueville: From Oracle to Actor
Tocqueville Today? Contexts, Interpretations and Usages R.Geenens & A.De Dijn Liberalism, Democracy, and Empire: Tocqueville on Algeria J.Pitts Creating Concitoyens : Tocqueville on the Legacy ofExpand
THE POLITICS OF ENLIGHTENMENT: FROM PETER GAY TO JONATHAN ISRAEL*
  • A. D. Dijn
  • Sociology
  • The Historical Journal
  • 3 August 2012
ABSTRACT According to the textbook version of history, the Enlightenment played a crucial role in the creation of the modern, liberal democracies of the West. Ever since this view – which we mightExpand
Montesquieu’s controversial context: the spirit of the laws as a monarchist tract
This article draws attention to the importance of early eighteenth-century debates about the nature of the French monarchy for our understanding of Montesquieu's masterpiece The Spirit of the Laws.Expand
A pragmatic conservatism. Montesquieu and the framing of the Belgian constitution (1830–1831)
In 1830, members of the Belgian National Congress asserted that they would not attempt to create an ideal constitution. Rather, they wanted to frame a constitution which would take the existing orderExpand
On Political Liberty: Montesquieu’s Missing Manuscript
This essay draws attention to the importance of Montesquieu’s earliest and unpublished writings on liberty for our understanding of the famous eleventh book of the Spirit of the Laws. Montesquieu’sExpand
Bertrand de Jouvenel and the Revolt Against the State in Post-War America
This paper focuses on the reception of Bertrand de Jouvenel's Du Pouvoir in post-war America. I show how Jouvenel drew on a firmly established tradition of 'aristocratic liberalism' in FrenchExpand
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