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The French Idea of HistoryJoseph de Maistre and His Heirs, 1794-1854$
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Carolina Armenteros

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449437

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449437.001.0001

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The Statistical Beginnings of Historical Thought

The Statistical Beginnings of Historical Thought

Joseph de Maistre against Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1794–96

(p.35) Chapter 1 The Statistical Beginnings of Historical Thought
The French Idea of History

Carolina Armenteros

Cornell University Press

This chapter describes the genesis of Maistrian historical thought in De l'état de nature and De la souveraineté du people (1794–96), two essays that refute Jean-Jacques Rousseau and contain most of Maistre's historical thought in potentia. It was in refuting Rousseau that Maistre redefined nature as a mysterious divine agent and a source of reason; he insisted that will and perfectibility are history's main agents and society's foundations; and developed the ideas on probability and moral conscience that were so important for his realist conservatism and his philosophy of history. Indeed, the essays include a sophisticated model of historical causation that constitutes an early example of moral statistical theory.

Keywords:   historical thought, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, nature, will, perfectability, moral conscience, realist conservatism, historical causation, moral statistical theory

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