Friday, October 31, 2008

Bertrand de Jouvenel

Daniel J. MahoneyFive score and five years ago today, Bertrand de Jouvenel was born.

Bertrand de Jouvenel was one of the great underrated political philosophers of the 20th century. He described the growth of the modern regime and compared it to regimes of old.

He is the author of the great book On Power: The Natural History of Its Growth. He also wrote Sovereignty: An Inquiry into the Political Good, The Pure Theory of Politics, and The Ethics of Redistribution, amongst others.

Daniel J. Mahoney examined this great man in his Bertrand de Jouvenel: The Conservative Liberal and the Illusions of Modernity.

A study of the man and his works can be highly recommended.

We honor him on the 105th anniversary of his birth.

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