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The Cambridge Companion to Constant

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Dennis Wood, Marcel Gauchet, Stephen Holmes, Jeremy Jennings, Stefano de Luca, Jennifer Pitts, Robert Alexander, K. Steven Vincent, Gerald Izenberg, Patrick Coleman, Etienne Hofmann, Tzvetan Todorov, Bryan Garsten, Laurence Dickey, Helena Rosenblatt
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  • Date Published: April 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521672436

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  • Benjamin Constant is widely regarded as a founding father of modern liberalism. The Cambridge Companion to Constant presents a collection of interpretive essays on the major aspects of his life and work by a panel of international scholars, offering a necessary overview for anyone who wants to better understand this important thinker. Separate sections are devoted to Constant as a political theorist and actor, his work as a social analyst and literary critic, and his accomplishments as a historian of religion. Themes covered range from Constant’s views on modern liberty, progress, terror, and individualism, to his ideas on slavery and empire, literature, women, and the nature and importance of religion. The Cambridge Companion to Constant is a convenient and accessible guide to Constant and the most up-to-date scholarship on him.

    • Presents innovative and interdisciplinary perspectives on Constant, who is regarded as a founding father of modern liberalism and the most important liberal thinker between Montesquieu and Tocqueville
    • Contains the first English language translation of the essay on Constant by French philosopher, Marcel Gauchet, which first appeared in 1980 and helped propel the liberal revival in France
    • Contains three essays on Constant's writings on religion, which were long-neglected but are now recognized as central to his work
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521672436
    • length: 450 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Benjamin Constant: life and work Dennis Wood
    Part I. The Political Thinker and Actor:
    2. Liberalism's lucid illusion Marcel Gauchet
    3. The liberty to denounce: ancient and modern Stephen Holmes
    4. Constant's idea of modern liberty Jeremy Jennings
    5. Benjamin Constant and the terror Stefano de Luca
    6. Constant's thought on slavery and empire Jennifer Pitts
    7. Constant as a second restoration politician Robert Alexander
    Part II. The Psychologist and Critic:
    8. Constant and women K. Steven Vincent
    9. Individualism and individuality in Constant Gerald Izenberg
    10. Literature and politics in Constant Patrick Coleman
    11. Constant's theory of the perfectibility of the human race Etienne Hofmann
    Part III. The Analyst and Historian of Religion:
    12. Religion according to Constant Tzvetan Todorov
    13. Constant on the religious spirit of liberalism Bryan Garsten
    14. Constant on religion: 'theism descends from heaven to earth' Laurence Dickey
    15. Eclipses and revivals: Constant's reception in France and America (1830–2007) Helena Rosenblatt.

  • Editor

    Helena Rosenblatt, Hunter College, City University of New York
    Helena Rosenblatt is Professor of History at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. She is the author of Rousseau and Geneva: From the First Discourse to the Social Contract 1749–1762 and Liberal Values: Benjamin Constant and the Politics of Religion. She has written numerous articles for journals such as Modern Intellectual History, French Historical Studies, History of European Ideas, French Politics, Society and Culture, and Daedalus. A member of the editorial board of Modern Intellectual History, she has also been a Fellow at the National Humanities Center.


    Dennis Wood, Marcel Gauchet, Stephen Holmes, Jeremy Jennings, Stefano de Luca, Jennifer Pitts, Robert Alexander, K. Steven Vincent, Gerald Izenberg, Patrick Coleman, Etienne Hofmann, Tzvetan Todorov, Bryan Garsten, Laurence Dickey, Helena Rosenblatt

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