Mme de Staël and Political Liberalism in France

  • Chinatsu Takeda

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Chinatsu Takeda
    Pages 1-20
  3. Germaine de Staël’s Political Liberalism

  4. Influence on Nineteenth-Century French Politics

  5. Influence on the Nineteenth-Century Liberal Historiography of the French Revolution

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 333-366

About this book


This book sheds light on the unique aspects of ‘communal liberalism’ in Mme de Staël’s writings and considers her contribution to nineteenth-century French liberal political thought. Focusing notably on the ‘Considérations sur les principaux événements de la Révolution française’, it examines the originality of Stael’s liberal philosophy. Rather than contrasting liberalism with either multiculturalism or republicanism, the book argues that Staël’s communal liberalism challenges the conventions of nineteenth-century political thought, notably through her assertion of the need to institutionalize an organic intermediary connecting the two spheres, an idea later advanced by thinkers such as Jürgen Habermas. Offering a critical reappraisal of Staël’s multifaceted work, this book assesses the political impact of her work, arguing that the political influence of the ‘Considérations’ permeates the liberal historiography of the French Revolution up to the present day.


Stael and Liberal Political Thought France and Enlightenment Political Thought French Liberalism and Montesquieu Separation of Public and Private Spheres French Liberalism, Stael and Constant Multiculturalism, Republicanism and Communal Liberalism Political Influence of Stael's Considerations

Authors and affiliations

  • Chinatsu Takeda
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Comparative CultureOtsuma Women’s UniversityTokyoJapan

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