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An Inquiry into the Political Good

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  • Date Published: January 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107600171

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  • Bertrand de Jouvenel (1903–1987) was a renowned French philosopher and political economist. In Sovereignty he turned his attention to the relationship between the distribution of power and the creation of an ethical society. More specifically, he was concerned with the potential confusion of the body politic resulting from the development of increasingly dynamic and nebulous social conditions. The text is written in an exploratory fashion, reflecting the authorial perception of an ambiguity in modern political structures. This translated Cambridge edition, which was first published in 1957, was derived from a 1955 French original. It constitutes an important contribution to post-war political theory that will remain of value to anyone with an interest in questions relating to political structures and the nature of authority.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107600171
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Translator's note
    Part I. Authority:
    1. The essence of politics
    2. Authority
    3. The office of leadership and the office of adjustment
    4. The group
    5. Of the relations between authorities
    Part II. The Political Good:
    6. Of benevolence in the sovereign will
    7. The problem of the common good
    8. Of social friendship
    9. Justice
    Part III. The Sovereign:
    10. On the development of the idea of the sovereign will
    11. The sovereign as legislator
    12. The theory of the limited will and 'fortunate powerlessness'
    Part IV. Liberty:
    13. The political consequences of Descartes
    14. The political consequences of Hobbes
    15. Liberty
    16. Liberty of opinion and natural light

  • Author

    Bertrand de Jouvenel


    J. F. Huntington

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