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The Cambridge companion to Constant
Rosenblatt, Helena, 1961-

Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
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xxix, 416 p. ; 23 cm.
Benjamin Constant: life and work / Dennis Wood -- Liberalism's lucid illusion / Marcel Gauchet -- The liberty to denounce: ancient and modern / Stephen Holmes -- Constant's idea of modern liberty / Jeremy Jennings -- Benjamin Constant and the terror / Stefano de Luca -- Constant's thought on slavery and empire / Jennifer Pitts -- Benjamin Constant as a second Restoration politician / Robert Alexander -- Constant and women / K. Steven Vincent -- Individualism and individuality in Constant / Gerald Izenberg -- Literature and politics in Constant / Patrick Coleman -- The theory of the perfectibility of the human race / Etienne Hofmann -- Religion according to Constant / Tzvetan Todorov -- Constant on the religious spirit of liberalism / Bryan Garsten -- Constant and religion: "theism descends from heaven to earth" / Laurence Dickey -- Eclipses and revivals: Constant's reception in France and America 1830-2007 / Helena Rosenblatt


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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.

Table of Contents

Dennis WoodMarcel GauchetStephen HolmesJeremy JenningsStefano De LucaJennifer PittsRobert AlexanderK. Steven VincentGerald IzenbergPatrick ColemanEtienne HofmannTzvetan TodorovBryan GarstenLaurence DickeyHelena Rosenblatt
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Contributorsp. xvii
Abbreviationsp. xxi
Chronologyp. xxiii
1 Benjamin Constant: Life and Workp. 3
Part I The Political Thinker and Actor
2 Liberalism's Lucid Illusionp. 23
3 The Liberty to Denounce: Ancient and Modernp. 47
4 Constant's Idea of Modern Libertyp. 69
5 Benjamin Constant and the Terrorp. 92
6 Constant's Thought on Slavery and Empirep. 115
7 Benjamin Constant as a Second Restoration Politicianp. 146
Part II The Psychologist and Critic
8 Constant and Womenp. 173
9 Individualism and Individuality in Constantp. 206
10 Literature and Politics in Constantp. 225
11 The Theory of the Perfectibility of the Human Racep. 248
Part III The Analyst and Historian of Religion
12 Religion According to Constantp. 275
13 Constant on the Religious Spirit of Liberalismp. 286
14 Constant and Religion: "Theism Descends from Heaven to Earth"p. 313
15 Eclipses and Revivals: Constant's Reception in France and America 1830-2007p. 351
Bibliographyp. 379
Indexp. 403