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A Virtue for Courageous Minds : Moderation in French Political Thought, 1748-1830

A Virtue for Courageous Minds : Moderation in French Political Thought, 1748-1830
A Virtue for Courageous Minds
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Moderation in French Political Thought, 1748-1830
Political moderation is the touchstone of democracy, which could not function without compromise and bargaining, yet it is one of the most understudied concepts in political theory. How can we explain this striking paradox? Why do we often underestimate the virtue of moderation? Seeking to answer these questions, A Virtue for Courageous Minds examines moderation in modern French political thought and sheds light on the French Revolution and its legacy. Aurelian Craiutu begins with classical thinkers who extolled the virtues of a moderate approach to politics, such as Aristotle and Cicero. He t
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  • Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Prologue: Why Moderation?; Moderation in France?; The Main Questions; How should We study Moderation?; Outline of the Book; Part I: Visions of Moderate Government; One: In Search of a Lost Archipelago; The Many Faces of Moderation; The skepticism toward Moderation; Moderation in the Classical and Christian Traditions; Early Modern Faces of Moderation; Two: The Architecture of Moderate Government: Montesquieu's Science of the Legislator; The Highest Virtue; The Complex Nature of Moderation; Moderation and Mixed Government
  • Moderation and Political LibertyPenal Moderation and Montesquieu's Theory of Jurisprudence; Fiscal Moderation; The Constitutional Framework of Moderate Government; The Good Legislator and the spirit of Moderation; How Can democratic and Aristocratic regimes Be Moderated?; Moderation, Pluralism, and Commerce; Helvétius' Warning; Three: The Radical Moderates of 1789: The tragic Middle of the French Monarchiens; Who Were the Monarchiens?; Mounier, Montesquieu, rousseau, and sieyès; "Le marasme du modérantisme"; "Fixing" the French Constitution
  • The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the CitizenThe elusive Balance of Powers: The debates on Bicameralism and the Royal Veto; The Dialogue between the Monarchiens and Burke; The Limits of Moderation in Revolutionary Times; Part II: Moderation and the Legacy of the Revolution; Four: Moderation and the "Intertwining of Powers": Jacques Necker's Constitutionalism; A Modern Cato?; The Impossible Reform of the Old Regime; necker's Trimming Agenda; The Consequences of Immoderation; A Missed opportunity: The Constitution of 1791; Necker's Critique of the Constitutions of 1795 and 1799
  • Overcoming Rousseau's spell: "Complex sovereignty" and necker's Critique of equalityBeyond the Separation of Powers: L'entrelacement Des Pouvoirs; The Failure of Virtuous Moderation?; Five: Moderation After The Terror: Madame de Staël's Elusive Center; Was the revolution of 1789 inevitable?; The Constituent Assembly and the Constitution of 1791; The Anatomy of Political Fanaticism; The Elusive Center; Rebuilding Representative Government: The Constitution of 1795; The Failure of Moderation and the rise of napoleon; The Charter of 1814 and england's "Happy Constitution."
  • An enthusiastic ModerateSix: Moderation and "Neutral Power": Benjamin Constant's Pouvoir Modérateur; An Enigmatic Character; Constant's Middle Way during the directory; Moderation and the Republic of the "Extreme Center"; Limited sovereignty and Individual Liberty; The Architecture of representative Government; Neutral Power as Pouvoir Modérateur; Benjamin "Inconstant" and the Paradoxes of Moderation; Epilogue: Moderation, "The silken String Running through the Pearl-Chain of all Virtues"; "Animated Moderation"; The "Decalogue" of Moderation; Notes; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L
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