Pierre Manent, 1949 -

Europe finds itself militarily, politically, and spiritually disarmed in a world that it has armed with the instruments of modern civilization. It will soon be wholly incapable of defending itself. It has for a long time been incapable of defining itself, since in the common European opinion it is confused with humanity itself on the way to pacification and unification.

— Pierre Manent


Pierre Manent was born in Toulouse, France, in 1949. Raised in a communist household, he was from an early age impressed by the conflict between the Soviet Union and the United States, and eagerly read political works.
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Pierre Manent is active as a writer, lecturer, and frequent commentator on the European political scene. He was born in Toulouse, France, in 1949, attended the Ecole normale supérieure, and began his intellectual career as an assistant to the writer and political thinker Raymond Aron at the Collège de France.
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Pierre Manent on the European Union, at the Program on Constitutional Government, Harvard University, fall 2011.

Selected Essays in English