Class Notes (1,100,000)
CA (650,000)
UTSG (50,000)
POL101Y1 (1,000)


Political Science
Course Code
Jeffrey Kopstein

This preview shows half of the first page. to view the full 1 pages of the document.
Monday September 20
Constant & The Rise of Liberalism
Benjamin Constant (1767-1830) *French Revolut ion
swiss born, french intellectual &politician
fervent liberal
Q: how should free people govern themselves?
Rejected the democracy model (Greek)
Liberty of anicents:
direct- no respesentives, they spoke for themselves
Public” notprivate”liberty”
War: public- you're going to war private- we are going to war
freedom of the community- self government
freedom is collective
dependant upon a class of people who didnt engage in commerce or even work. (ie.slaves and
big decisions were decisions on war.
Commerce is more impor tant than war as you don't get r ich going to war.
Liberty of moderns
not so much “freedom to” asfreedom from - no state should tell me what to do
legal protections- intrusion by anyone and government
limited government (power)
freedom is individual (rather than communal)
all driven by com merce and private property instead of war.
Contradictions of Constant
modern liberty is better than anicent liberty and pre-modern “depotism (French Kings)
moderns care more about freedom from
We prefer representatives to direct involvement.
You're Reading a Preview

Unlock to view full version