Work of the Fellows: Monographs

Liberal Values: Benjamin Constant and the Politics of Religion

Rosenblatt, Helena (Fellow, 2000-01)

Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2022

From the publisher's description:

Professor Rosenblatt presents a study of Benjamin Constant's intellectual development into a founding father of modern liberalism, through a careful analysis of his evolving views on religion. Constant's life spanned the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, Napoleon's rise and rule, and the Bourbon Restoration. Rosenblatt analyzes Constant's key role in many of this era's heated debates over the role of religion in politics, and in doing so, exposes and addresses many misconceptions that have long reigned about Constant and his period. In particular, Rosenblatt sheds light on Constant's major, yet much-neglected work, De La Religion. Given that the role of religion is, once again, center-stage in our political, philosophical and historical arenas, Liberal Values constitutes a major revision of our understanding of the origins of modern liberalism. Of interest to audiences in numerous disciplines including history of ideas, philosophy, politics and religious history; a major contribution to the study of Modern Liberalism; broad-ranging and revisionist account by an acclaimed scholar.


Subjects: Religion; History; Philosophy of Religion; History of Religion; Intellectual History; Politics; Liberalism;