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The political writings of Benjamin Constant

(Cambridge texts in the history of political thought)

by Benjamin Constant

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Published by Cambridge University Press in Cambridge, UK .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • History of ideas, intellectual history,
  • Political Science,
  • History - General History,
  • Politics/International Relations,
  • General,
  • Political Science / Reference,
  • Reference

  • The Physical Object
    FormatPaperback
    Paginationx, 358p.
    Number of Pages368
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL7736605M
    ISBN 100521316324
    ISBN 109780521316323

    In the first half of The Principles, Constant focuses on the specific liberties that were so important to him: private property, freedom of the press, religious liberty, individual liberty, and due process. He had to leave after an affair with a girl, and moved to the University of Edinburgh. The Liberty of the Moderns, in contrast, was based on the possession of civil liberties, the rule of law, and freedom from too much state interference. Every time governments pretend to do our own business, they do it more incompetently and expensively than we would. These writers, influential to the French Revolution, according to Constant mistook authority for liberty and approved any means of extending the action of authority. His republican opinions in no way suited him to the office of chamberlain to the duke of Brunswick, which he held for several years.

    Ancient Liberty was also limited to relatively small and homogenous societies, in which the people could be conveniently gathered together in one place to transact public affairs. He also stated that each individual added to the number, and took fright in the number that he had helped increase. A first-person novel in the sentimentalist tradition, Adolphe examines the thoughts of the young man as he falls The political writings of Benjamin Constant book and out of love with Ellenore, a woman of uncertain virtue. This was an advance on the prevailing theory in the English-speaking world, which, following the conventional wisdom of William Blackstonethe 18th-century English juristhad reckoned the King to be head of the executive branch. He would have many powers, including the power to make judicial appointments, to dissolve the Chamber and call new elections, to appoint the peersand to dismiss ministers — but he would not be able to govern, make policy, or direct the administration, since that would be the task of the responsible ministers. Once he had got rid of all these impedimenta and was seated on his bench, on the far left, he began to write and send off an unbelievable quantity of letters and notes to people.

    The means employed to give to the moderns the liberty of the ancients; 9. His works on this subject are no longer read, but they contributed to the postth-century attitude that no longer considered religion to have originated as a priestly invention "when the first knave met the first fool"but as a response to a deeply rooted need. In return, the nation will ask for liberty; she shall have it. Rosenblatt He left the court when the War of the First Coalition began in


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Now thousands were sent to their deaths, cities were razed and wars declared, all accompanied by the invocation of what amounted to a schoolboy's vague but overheated notion of "ancient liberty.

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If its manifestations become rigid, splitting becomes inevitable. This had badly backfired, resulting in the The political writings of Benjamin Constant book rule of Napoleon.

First, that he occupies an honorable place in the history of French literature, principally through his short novel, Adolphe ; and, second, that, like the hero of this work, his was a painfully introspective intellect, and The political writings of Benjamin Constant book a personality that found it impossible ever to be less than studied and analytical.

In those years the European nobility, with their prerogativeshad come under heavy attack by those who were influenced by Rousseau's Discourse on Inequality ; Constant's family criticized him when he left out part of his last name.

Constant always saw freedom as an organic phenomenon: to attack it in any particular was to attack it generally. Indeed, the French Constitution or Charter of could be seen as a practical implementation of many of Constant's ideas: a hereditary monarchy existing alongside an elected Chamber of Deputies and a senatorial Chamber of Peers, with the executive power vested in responsible ministers.

Constant, Benjamin — The system of checks and balances and the division of powers were not, therefore, what one social democratic writer has recently called them: "contrivances, so dear to the [classical] liberals, for guarding against the possibility that governments might govern"; 17 they were instead reasonable institutionalized protections against the virtual certainty that governments would try to govern too much.

On November 9,the bold and resourceful general Napoleon Bonaparte seized power and proceeded to establish a police state. Emotional authenticity and fellow-feeling were critical.

But in her gaiety there was a certain indefinable charm, a kind of childlike friendliness which captivated the heart and established for the moment a complete intimacy between her and whoever she was talking to.

He joined other liberals in enlisting under Napoleon's banner, however, during the Hundred Dayson the supposition that the great general would now be compelled to rule as a constitutional monarch. As his coffin was brought to the Cemetary of Pere Lachaise, people waved the tricolor flags of the Liberal party.

As he pointed out, where there are no limits on the legislature or the representative body, the representatives e.

He attacked Napoleon 's belligerence, on the grounds that it was illiberal and no longer suited to modern commercial social organization. Thousand Oaks, CA. A further reason for the deterioration of the military class within the system of conquest; 6.

Main article: The Liberty of Ancients Compared with that of Moderns Ancient and modern freedom[ edit ] One of the first thinkers to go by the name of "liberal", Constant looked to Britain rather than to ancient Rome for a practical model of freedom in a large mercantile society.

This is to be distinguished from the longer version, edited in by Etienne Hofmann, on which the Liberty Fund translation is based. To construct this thesis he explores many subjects: law, sovereignty, and representation; power and accountability; government, property and taxation; wealth and poverty; war, peace and the maintenance of public order; and above all freedom, of the individual, of the press, and of religion.

Benjamin Constant Explained

He was educated by private tutors and at the University of Erlangen, Bavaria, and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He was absent in Germany until the fall of the Jacobins, returning inwhen he quickly became closely associated with Madame de Stael, and began a life of political pamphleteering.

Constant could not imagine how politicians could be thought not to have participated in the Fall, and saw no merit in this bizarre notion according to which it is claimed that because men are corrupt, it is necessary to give certain of them all that much more power … on the contrary, they must be given less power, that is, one must skillfully combine institutions and place within them certain counterweights against the vices and weaknesses of men.

The aim of allowing The political writings of Benjamin Constant book widest possible sphere for individual development meant, in Constant's thinking, the restriction of government action within the The political writings of Benjamin Constant book possible limits, namely, defense against external and internal aggression: Whenever there is no absolute necessity, whenever legislation may fail to intervene without society being overthrown, whenever, finally, it is a question merely of some hypothetical improvement, the law must abstain, leave things alone, and keep quiet.

Lettre sur Julie. England, since the Glorious Revolution ofand the United Kingdom afterhad demonstrated the practicality of Modern Liberty and Britain was a constitutional monarchy. When censors suppressed this pamphlet, Constant wrote another, De la liberte des brochures, des pamphlets et des journaux [Freedom of Pamphlets and Newspapers].

The son of a Swiss officer in the Dutch service, whose family was of French origin, he studied at Erlangen, Ger. Touzot,p. He drew a distinction between the "Liberty of the Ancients" and the "Liberty of the Moderns". As regards the first category, Constant's thinking represents no major innovation.

Early in his text he tackles the difficult issue of the general will. Can usurpation not be maintained by force?Henri-Benjamin Constant de Rebecque (French: [kɔ̃stɑ̃]; 25 October – 8 December ), or simply Benjamin Constant, was a Swiss-French political activist and writer on politics and tjarrodbonta.com was the author of a partly biographical psychological novel, tjarrodbonta.com was a fervent classical liberal of the early 19th century, who influenced the Trienio Liberal movement in Spain, the Alma mater: University of Edinburgh, University of Erlangen.

Jul 04,  · The French thinker Benjamin Constant was, according to respected Oxford University scholar Isaiah Berlin, “the most eloquent of all defenders of freedom and privacy.” Constant insisted that individual liberty is a moral principle.

“Tell a man,” he wrote, “you. Book Description: The Swiss writer and political theorist Benjamin Constant was a key figure in the early nineteenth-century attempt to come to terms with the new political world created by the French Revolution of In this book, Biancamaria Fontana presents an overview of Constant's life and writings, showing the unity of his vision and.(La Jeunesse de Benjamin Constant [Paris: Armand Colin, ], p.

) More recently, a pdf authority on Constant's political writings has again underlined the influence of the Scottish Enlightenment on Constant and, in particular, "the overwhelming presence of the Wealth of Nations in the background of Constant's political reflection.".These include “Taxation No Tyranny”—in which Johnson defended the British Crown against the American revolutionaries—and “An Introduction to the Political State of Great Britain,” “Thoughts on the Coronation of King George III,” and “The Patriot,” which is one of Johnson’s principal writings during the American Revolution.2.

Constant: Political Writings

That the circumscription of political authority, within its precise limits,does ebook tend at all to weaken the necessary action of the government.

3. Final thoughts on civil freedom and political freedom. 4. Apologia for despotism by Louis XIV. Book XVIII. On .