Sovereignty : An Inquiry into the Political Good

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-01-30
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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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.

Table of Contents

Translator's note
The essence of politics
The office of leadership and the office of adjustment
The group
Of the relations between authorities
The Political Good
Of benevolence in the sovereign will
The problem of the common good
Of social friendship
The Sovereign
On the development of the idea of the sovereign will
The sovereign as legislator
The theory of the limited will and 'fortunate powerlessness'
The political consequences of Descartes
The political consequences of Hobbes
Liberty of opinion and natural light
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