Modern Liberty and Its Discontents

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Jan 1, 2000 - Philosophy - 248 pages
In this book, distinguished French philosopher Pierre Manent addresses a wide range of subjects, including the Machiavellian origins of modernity, Tocqueville's analysis of democracy, the political role of Christianity, the nature of totalitarianism, and the future of the nation-state. As a whole, the book constitutes a meditation on the nature of modern freedom and the permanent discontents which accompany it. Manent is particularly concerned with the effects of modern democracy on the maintenance and sustenance of substantial human ties. Modern Liberty and its Discontents is both an important contribution to an understanding of modern society, and a significant contribution to political philosophy in its own right.

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Pierre Manent is director of studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. He is the author of many books, including An Intellectual History of Liberalism (Princeton), Tocqueville and the Nature of Democracy (Rowman & Littlefield, 1996), and The City of Man (Princeton). Daniel Mahoney is associate professor of politics at Assumption College, and the author of The Liberal Political Science of Raymond Aron (Rowman & Littlefield, 1992) and DeGaulle: Statesmanship, Grandeur, and Modern Democracy (Praeger). Paul Seaton is university fellow at Fordham University.

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