A Romantic Historiosophy: The Philosophy of History of Pierre-Simon Ballanche

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BRILL, Jan 1, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 464 pages
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This intellectual history study locates the philosophy of history of Pierre-Simon Ballanche (1776-1847) within the intellectual, religious, and social life of Restoration and July Monarchy France, and argues for the recognition of Ballanche as an important contributor to that milieu. Its four parts blend the topical and evolutionary approaches, analyzing dominant themes as they are developed across Ballanche's works, and charts Ballanche's complex relation of dependence and independence to the various intellectual currents of the period. This study clarifies the thought of a notoriously obscure thinker, illuminates the intellectual history of early nineteenth-century France, and demonstrates how Ballanche's project for religio-social regeneration effected a crucial step in the historical-mindedness of the Romantic period.
 

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Contents

The Lyon Terror and the Epopee Lyonnaise
9
From Du Sentiment to Adieux a Rome
22
Antigone
44
PART
62
The Nature of Society
80
The Contemporary Age of Crisis
96
Ballanche and Restoration Political Life
114
PART THREE
133
Historiography Mythography
250
Historiosophy
289
The Sphinx of the Barricades
319
The Parti social
344
1834 and After
372
The Theodicy of History
407
Bibliography
435
Index of Names
451

Palingenesis
150
Social Evolution
173
Illuminism
206

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Arthur McCalla, Ph.D. (1992), Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto, is a Research Reader in this same department. He publishes on the history of religious thought, and history of the study of religions, of the Romantic period.

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