First published in 1987. This study describes and analyses the published writings of the French philosopher Antoine Destutt de Tracy. The author focuses on the three decades from the calling of the Etats-généraux to the early years of the Restoration – the period of Tracy’s entire literary production, and the period of his greatest influence and reputation. This title will be of great interest to students of history, philosophy and politics.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. Introduction: The Intellectual and Political Background 2. Idéologie and the Pursuit of Certainty 3. From Individual Desires to Social Morality 4. The Science of Social Organization 5. Economics: The Science of "Industrie" 6. Politics: The Science of "Happiness" 7. Public Instruction and Idéologie; Appendices; Bibliography