A Former student of the École Normale Supérieure in Saint-Cloud, and agrégé in philosophy, Frédéric Brahami is currently Professor of Philosophy at the University of Franche-Comté, Besançon, France. His principal publications include: Le scepticisme de Montaigne; Le travail du scepticisme. Montaigne, Bayle, Hume; Introduction au Traité de la nature humaine de David Hume; and La raison du peuple. Le savoir de la démocratie dans la pensée française du premier XIXe siècle, forthcoming.



Liberalism and Religion in the Work of Benjamin Constant

Benjamin Constant was one of the founders of political liberalism, as it was formulated during the years following the French Revolution. He simultaneously rejected the reactionaries and the revolutionaries, and accused both of giving the political power an illegitimate spiritual authority. His political doctrine aimed to prevent the social power from infringing upon private life, and thus upon beliefs and opinions. But does religion fall into the public or the private sphere? And what would become of a society in which religion was relegated to the private sphere? This talk will explore how Constant solved this problem.

Time: 8:30 pm
Ukrainian Institute of America / Library Room