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French Liberalism from Montesquieu to the Present Day

Geenens, Raf

Published by Cambridge University Press
ISBN 10: 110751553X / ISBN 13: 9781107515536
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Title: French Liberalism from Montesquieu to the ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Binding: Soft cover

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This collection of essays explores an unjustly neglected tradition that is now experiencing a remarkable renaissance: French political liberalism. Editor(s): Geenens, Raf; Rosenblatt, Helena. Num Pages: 332 pages, black & white illustrations. BIC Classification: 1DDF; HBJD; JFCX; JPFK. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 228 x 154 x 25. Weight in Grams: 490. . 2015. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781107515536

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Synopsis: There is an enduring assumption that the French have never been and will never be liberal. As with all clichés, this contains a grain of truth, but it also overlooks an important school of thought that has been a constant presence in French intellectual and political culture for nearly three centuries: French political liberalism. In this collaborative volume, a distinguished group of philosophers, political theorists and intellectual historians uncover this unjustly neglected tradition. The chapters examine the nature and distinctiveness of French liberalism, providing a comprehensive treatment of major themes including French liberalism's relationship with republicanism, Protestantism, utilitarianism and the human rights tradition. Individual chapters are devoted to Montesquieu, Tocqueville, Aron, Lefort and Gauchet, as well as to some lesser known, yet important thinkers, including several political economists and French-style 'neoliberals'. French Liberalism from Montesquieu to the Present Day is essential reading for all those interested in the history of political thought.

Book Description: France is often thought of as a country of revolutions and extremes - as a country lacking a liberal tradition. In this volume, a distinguished group of philosophers, political theorists and intellectual historians prove this assumption to be false, uncovering the richness and distinctiveness of French political liberalism.

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