Mme de Staël and Political Liberalism in France

Authors: Takeda, Chinatsu

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  • Considers Stael's original take of 'communal liberalism' through the prism of her main writingsChallenges conventional 19th century liberal thinking in debating the need for rigorous separation of public and private spheres
  • Focuses on hereditary peerage and a comparative analysis of Englightenment French and British societies
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This book sheds light on the unique aspects of ‘communal liberalism’ in Mme de Staël’s writings and considers her contribution to nineteenth-century French liberal political thought. Focusing notably on the ‘Considérations sur les principaux événements de la Révolution française’, it examines the originality of Stael’s liberal philosophy. Rather than contrasting liberalism with either multiculturalism or republicanism, the book argues that Staël’s communal liberalism challenges the conventions of nineteenth-century political thought, notably through her assertion of the need to institutionalize an organic intermediary connecting the two spheres, an idea later advanced by thinkers such as Jürgen Habermas. Offering a critical reappraisal of Staël’s multifaceted work, this book assesses the political impact of her work, arguing that the political influence of the ‘Considérations’ permeates the liberal historiography of the French Revolution up to the present day.

About the authors

Chinatsu Takeda is Professor at the Faculty of Comparative Culture, Otsuma Women’s University, Japan. She was Visiting Professor at the Institute of Social Science, the University of Tokyo (2011) and at Columbia University (2005). She has among other publications contributed to the European Review of History and to the Routledge Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Thought.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Takeda, Chinatsu

    Pages 1-20

  • Invention of the Political Center as an Ideal: Staël and the Constitutional Monarchy (1789–1795)

    Takeda, Chinatsu

    Pages 23-43

  • Sentiment in Staëlian Political Liberalism: Letters on the Works and Character of J.-J. Rousseau

    Takeda, Chinatsu

    Pages 45-56

  • Staël’s Liberal Republicanism in Reaction to the Discourse on Social Dissolution (1795–1799)

    Takeda, Chinatsu

    Pages 57-80

  • The Role of Civility in Staëlian Political Liberalism

    Takeda, Chinatsu

    Pages 81-101

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mme de Staël and Political Liberalism in France
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-8087-6
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-8087-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-8086-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 366
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