Benjamin Constant

Constant, Benjamin

  • Commentary on Filangieri’s Work

    by Benjamin Constant

    Commentary on Filangieri’s Work addresses the principal political and social questions that Benjamin Constant, one of the most important liberal thinkers of the nineteenth century, ever discussed. This translation will help give the work its deserved importance in political theory. Commentary is founded on the view that government should maintain a strictly limited role in society; “The functions of government…

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  • De la religión considerada en sus fuentes, formas y desarrollo

    by Benjamin Constant

    Presentación de Tzvetan Todorov, Étienne Hofmann Traducción de Agustín Neira Las investigaciones sobre la religión acompañaron a Benjamin Constant (1767–1830) durante más de cuarenta años, a pesar de inevitables interrupciones, debidas a la existencia agitada del hombre político, del periodista y del pensador. Obra de una vida, aunque muy pronto caída en el olvido, De la religión combina la afirmación…

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  • On Religion

    by Benjamin Constant

    This is the first full-length English translation of Benjamin Constant’s massive study of humanity’s religious forms and development, published in five volumes between 1824 and 1831. Constant (1767–1830) regarded On Religion, worked on over the course of many years, as perhaps his most important philosophical work. He called it “the only interest, the only consolation of my life,” and “the…

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  • Principles of Politics Applicable to All Governments

    by Benjamin Constant

    In Principles of Politics, first published in 1815, Constant explores the subjects of law, sovereignty, and representation; power and accountability; government, property, and taxation; wealth and poverty; war, peace, and the maintenance of public order; and freedom, of the individual, of the press, and of religion. Benjamin Constant (1767–1830), born in Switzerland, became one of France’s leading writers, as well…

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