The Political Philosophy of Fnelon

Fnelon was a nuanced and influential diagnostician of the ills of European society, one who carefully analysed phenomena as wide-ranging and complex as egocentrism, authoritarianism, and imperialism. Despite his influence there has been to date no interpretive monograph in English devoted specifically to his thought. Ryan Patrick Hanley aims to correct this oversight, providing the first book-length interpretative study of Fnelon’s writings to appear in English. A companion volume to Hanley’s comprehensive English translation of Fnelon’s moral and political writings, this book focuses on Fnelon’s political thought as a method of understanding his impact on areas ranging from economics and statecraft to religion and literature. Hanley begins by reconstructing Fnelon’s political ideas for those who may be encountering his work directly or at length for the first time. He then articulates the connections between Fnelon’s political thought and several other fields to which he made significant and long-recognized contributions, including not only philosophy and political science, but also economics, education, literature, theology, and spirituality. Building from this foundation, Hanley constructs a new understanding and appreciation of Fnelon’s political thought and its significance. He argues that Fnelon is better understood as a moderate and modern thinker rather than as a radical or reactionary, and that Fnelon deserves to be seen not merely as a political thinker but as a political philosopher, one whose work has direct relevance to our political world today.
“Fâenelon is arguably the most neglected of all the major philosophers of early modernity. His political masterwork was the most-read book in eighteenth-century France after the Bible, yet to now we have lacked a single interpretive monograph in English devoted specifically to his thought. This monograph aims to correct this by providing the first such book-length study. In focusing specifically on Fâenelon’s political thought, it has three primary aims. The first is to provide a reconstruction of Fâenelon’s political ideas accessible to those who might be encountering Fâenelon directly or at length for the first time. The second is to demonstrate the connections between Fâenelon’s political thought and several other fields to which he made significant and long-recognized contributions, including not only philosophy and political science but also economics, education, literature, theology, and spirituality. Third, the book aims to cut several new edges in our extant understanding and appreciation of Fâenelon’s political thought and its significance. On this front, it specifically argues that Fâenelon is better understood as a moderate and modern thinker rather than as a radical or reactionary, and that Fâenelon deserves to be seen not merely as a political thinker but as a political philosopher. Finally, The Political Philosophy of Fâenelon argues for Fâenelon’s relevance to our political world today. Fâenelon was a nuanced and insightful diagnostician of ills from egocentrism and social atomism to authoritarianism and imperialism, and our understanding of these phenomena so familiar to us today can benefit from attending to his insights”–

Title: The Political Philosophy of Fénelon
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ISBN: 0190079630,9780190079635
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Genre: Philosophy / Political
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Pages: 328
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