The Mystical Body of Society: Religion and Association in Nineteenth-Century French Political Thought

@article{Behrent2008TheMB,
  title={The Mystical Body of Society: Religion and Association in Nineteenth-Century French Political Thought},
  author={M. Behrent},
  journal={Journal of the History of Ideas},
  year={2008},
  volume={69},
  pages={219 - 243}
}
  • M. Behrent
  • Published 2008
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Journal of the History of Ideas
In this paper I explore the history of the notion that to believe in religion is to believe in society by tracing instances in which, in the discourse of this current within nineteenth-century French republicanism, the term religion entered into the same semantic field as the notions of society and association. I analyze several groups and individuals who sought to define religion by invoking "association" and "society": the Saint-Simonians, P.-J.-B. Buchez, Pierre Leroux, Jean-Marie Guyau, and… Expand