D’Argenson, Considérations sur le gouvernement, a critical edition, with other political texts

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D’Argenson, Considérations sur le gouvernement, a critical edition, with other political texts

Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, 2019:05

2019

May 13th, 2019

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René-Louis de Voyer de Paulmy, marquis d’Argenson (1694-1757), minister of state and author, was one of the boldest critics of the social and political structure of Old Regime France to put pen to paper in the eighteenth century. His Considérations sur le gouvernement ancien et présent de la France advanced a scathing indictment of the existing order alongside a far-reaching reform plan to spread democracy and obviate aristocracy within the monarchy. Manuscripts of the Considérations circulated clandestinely among philosophes and other political writers such as the abbé Saint-Pierre, Voltaire, and Rousseau until its posthumous publication in 1764.
This is the first critical edition of d’Argenson’s Considérations, based on four different manuscripts and presented here with a selection of d’Argenson’s other political writings that have never been published. Drawing on a wide range of sources, Andrew Jainchill introduces d’Argenson’s treatise with an essay interpreting his political ideas, showing the important changes he made to the different manuscripts over the decades he worked on the text, and situating within the political and intellectual context d’Argenson’s political project to introduce democracy into absolute monarchy.

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Andrew Jainchill is Associate Professor of History at Queen’s University (Canada) and the author of 'Reimagining Politics after the Terror: The Republican Origins of French Liberalism' as well as articles and book chapters in a variety of venues.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Contents7
Acknowledgments9
List of abbreviations11
Introduction13
Note on additional texts79
Note on the text83
Jusqu’où la démocratie peut être admise dans le gouvernement monarchique [Considérations sur le gouvernement ancien et présent de la France], by René-Louis de Voyer de Paulmy, marquis d’Argenson85
Essai de l’exercice du tribunal européen par la France pour la pacification universelle. Appliqué au temps courant, by René-Louis de Voyer de Paulmy, marquis d’Argenson239
Mémoire contre les abus de la taille arbitraire, présenté au cardinal de Fleury, en décembre 1731, by René-Louis de Voyer de Paulmy, marquis d’Argenson249
Lettre sur le livre de l’Essai politique, by René-Louis de Voyer de Paulmy, marquis d’Argenson259
Observations sur l’ouvrage politique manuscrit de M., by Saint-Pierre273
Observations de l’abbé de Saint-Pierre sur le précédent mémoire [Mémoire contre les abus de la taille arbitraire, présenté au cardinal de Fleury, en décembre 1731], by Saint-Pierre279
Bibliography283
Index291