By Alan S. Kahan
Even though the time period "liberalism" is primary to explain numerous social and political rules, it's been a particularly tricky notion for historians to outline. Kahan makes major development towards a common definition, and illustrates a strategic form of liberalism by way of linking 3 nice nineteenth-century thinkers in one highbrow and ideological culture, for which he has coined the time period "aristocratic liberalism." Ignoring the nationwide limitations that regularly confine highbrow historical past, Kahan reveals similarities within the considered Burckhardt, Mill, and Tocqueville. notwithstanding none of those thinkers got here from aristocratic backgrounds, Kahan exhibits how they shared a distaste for the hundreds and center periods, a terror and contempt of mediocrity, a suspicion of the centralized kingdom, an competition to the industrial spirit, and a pessimism of various measure in regards to the danger of imposing their targets within the close to destiny. Kahan concludes his research by way of correcting normal misconceptions approximately nineteenth-century liberalism and by means of discussing a typology of liberalism that might unquestionably spark a lot scholarly debate.
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Extra resources for Aristocratic Liberalism: The Social and Political Thought of Jacob Burckhardt, John Stuart Mill, and Alexis de Tocqueville
125 It was this "passion 30 Aristocratic Liberalism for material well-being," the willingness to trade everything else away in order to make money in peace, that Mill, Burckhardt, and Tocqueville would condemn so often in their analysis of nineteenth-century society and the middle class in particular. This was the bitter political fruit of the commercial spirit—bitter at least to all who preferred their freedom to their profits. In any case, the journee of 6 October for a time made the people of Paris master of the Assembly and of the nation.
The commercial spirit had a symbiotic relationship with individualism, in Tocqueville's sense of the word. 38 Individualism and the commercial spirit sprang from the common ground of modern democratic society, whose destruction of the society of orders was their shared presupposition. Individualism favored the commercial spirit by restricting the individual's perspective to his own and his family's needs, and by cutting off his attachments to the rest of society. Freedom from the need to consider others encouraged the concentration on material well-being characteristic of the commercial spirit.
What characterized the second stage of the Revolution, the stage of equality? " 127 The story to be told about the dialogue of liberty and equality at the beginning of the Revolution moved and interested Tocqueville profoundly. The later period of the Revolution held much less attraction for him and for the other aristocratic liberals. Faced with the difficult task of carrying his complex analytical framework into this epoch of the Revolution, Tocqueville faltered. " France was morally exhausted.
Aristocratic Liberalism: The Social and Political Thought of Jacob Burckhardt, John Stuart Mill, and Alexis de Tocqueville by Alan S. Kahan