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International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées

Ideology and Social Science

Destutt de Tracy and French Liberalism

Authors: Head, B. W.

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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)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ideology and Social Science
Book Subtitle
Destutt de Tracy and French Liberalism
Authors
Series Title
International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
Series Volume
112
Copyright
1985
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-5159-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-5159-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-247-3228-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-8783-4
Series ISSN
0066-6610
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 229
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