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Freedom's Moment An Essay on the French Idea of Liberty from Rousseau to Foucault

ISBN-10: 0226112861

ISBN-13: 9780226112862

Edition: 1997

Authors: Paul M. Cohen

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What kind of freedom, and what kind of individual, has the French Revolutionary tradition sought to propagate? Paul Cohen finds a distinctly French articulation of freedom in the texts and lives of eight renowned cultural critics who lived between the eighteenth century and the present day. Arranged not according to the lives and times of its protagonists but to the narrative themes and structures they held in common, Cohen’s study discerns a single master narrative of liberty in modern France. He captures these radicals, whose tradition bids them to resist the authority of power structures and public opinion. They denounce bourgeois and utilitarian values, the power of Church and State, and the corrupting influence of everyday politics, and they dream of a revolutionary rupture, a fleeting instant of sometimes violent but always meaningful transgression. An eloquent and insightful work on French political culture, Freedom's Moment also helps explain how France, even as it has oscillated between political stagnation and crisis, has held onto its faith that liberty, equality, and fraternity remain within its grasp. Examines the ideas of Rousseau, Robespierre, Stendahl, Michelet, Bergson, Peguy, Sartre, and Foucault.
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 237
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Acknowledgments
A Note on Translations
Introduction
The Myth of the Consecrated Heretic
Hell and Other People
The Critique of Society
The Moment of Freedom
Conclusion
Notes
Works Cited
Index