Highlighting the social tensions that confront the liberal tradition, Pierre Manent draws a portrait of what we, citizens of modern liberal democracies, have become. For Manent, a… More
One of France’s leading and most controversial political thinkers explores the central themes of Tocqueville’s writings: the democratic revolution and the modern passion for… More
The “City of God” or the “City of Man”? This is the choice St. Augustine offered 1500 years ago–and according to Pierre Manent the modern West has decisively… More
In this book, distinguished French philosopher Pierre Manent addresses a wide range of subjects, including the Machiavellian origins of modernity, Tocqueville’s analysis of democracy,… More
L’éducation est, pour les sociétés démocratiques, un problème et un enjeu majeurs. S’il est vrai que nulle société ne peut faire l’économie d’une réflexion… More
We live in the grip of a great illusion about politics, Pierre Manent argues in A World beyond Politics? It’s the illusion that we would be better off without politics–at least… More
Les Européens ont aujourd’hui bien du mal à s’entendre, mais il y a au moins un sujet qui semble les réunir : c’est la démocratie. Que nous soyons libéraux ou… More
“Aujourd’hui, la faculté humaine qui reçoit toute l’approbation, c’est l’imagination. Or je n’ai pas d’imagination, je ne suis pas un artiste et… More
What is the best way to govern ourselves? The history of the West has been shaped by the struggle to answer this question, according to Pierre Manent. A major achievement by one of… More
Il va de soi aujourd’hui que Montaigne est notre ami. Il nous captive, nous émeut, nous persuade. Mais Montaigne nous trompe. Il nous conduit par le bout du nez. Nous devons donc… More
Compte rendu de l’ouvrage de Pierre Manent intitulé «Cours familier de philosophie politique» (2001), qui examine l’idéal libéral du monde politique contemporain hérité… More
The old Western synthesis, the coming together of self-government, the Christian proposition, modern equality, and the commitment to relieving man’s estate, appears to be unraveling. In… More
Manent discusses the theological-political problem.
In this English excerpt (and reworking) of his new, highly controversial book La Situation de la France, Manent argues that Europe and the European nations must return to their Christian… More
Excerpt: “We French have for some years been overcome by a furor for republicanism and for citizenship. There is no activity so humble that it cannot take on an intimidating nobility… More
Excerpt: “The very notion of natural law presupposes or implies that we have the ability to judge human conduct according to criteria that are clear, stable, and largely if not… More
Pierre Manent, interviewed by Guillaume Perrault about the Russian writer and critic of Communism Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Par Guillaume Perrault Publié le 28/11/2018 à 17h38… More
The (redacted) text of a speech given by Pierre Manent at the Château Tocqueville in June, 2019: La nation doit-elle être protégée? Question troublante: la nation n’est-elle pas la… More
An English-translation of an interview conducted by Figaro‘s Eugenie Bastié on Manent’s response to the coronavirus and the state of Western societies.
Mahoney discusses “Communion and Consent” as the wellsprings of Western liberty in the thought of Pierre Manent.
Excerpt: Manent is maybe the greatest political philosopher you have not heard of before and should read nonetheless. This Parisian has written several books on political science and… More
Excerpt: A philosopher grapples with Islam, secularism, and their place in society. Last year, a distinguished French philosopher named Pierre Manent attempted to offer an answer in a… More
Excerpt: At the beginning of his career, Pierre Manent spoke of political philosophy’s “healing light.” Likewise, he pointed to Cicero as a classical model of a philosophically… More