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Ideology and Social Science: Destutt de Tracy and French Liberalism (International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées) [Hardcover]

B. W. Head

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October 31, 1985 902473228X 978-9024732289 1985
This book attempts to present a detailed and critical account of the thought of Antoine-Louis-Claude Destutt de Tracy (1754-1836). Major importance has been placed on the analysis of his published writings. Biographical details have been provided only to the extent necessary to elucidate the circumstances of the composition and publication of his writings: in particular, the intellectual and political currents in France during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic periods. The book has three main themes. The first is Tracy's philosophy of ideologie, which was concerned to clarify concepts and provide guarantees of reliable knowledge. The second is Tracy's attempt to elaborate a science of social organisation, la science sociale, whose objective was to recommend institutions and policies which could maximise social happiness. The third theme is Tracy's development of liberal and utilitarian approaches to the fields of politics, economics and education. This study began life as a doctoral dissertation at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I am grateful for the guidance of my supervisor, Professor Ken Minogue, and for helpful comments from Professor Maurice Cranston, Professor Jack Lively, and Dr John Hooper.

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`This is an extremely methodological, careful, and thorough piece of research and writing that should be certainly read by anyone interested in the subject.'
Journal of Modern History, 59:4 (1987)

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  • Series: International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées (Book 112)
  • Hardcover: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 1985 edition (October 31, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 902473228X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9024732289
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,479,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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