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A Virtue for Courageous Minds: Moderation in French Political Thought, 1748-1830

Aurelian Craiutu


Political moderation is the touchstone of democracy, which could not function without compromise and bargaining, yet it is one of the most understudied concepts in political theory. How can we explain this striking paradox? Why do we often underestimate the virtue of moderation? Seeking to answer these questions, this book examines moderation in modern French political thought and sheds light on the French Revolution and its legacy. The book begins with classical thinkers who extolled the virtues of a moderate approach to politics, such as Aristotle and Cicero. It then shows how Montesquieu in ... More

Keywords: political moderation, moral virtue, democracy, political theory, French political thought, French Revolution, moderate government, liberty, Montesquieu

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691146768
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691146768.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aurelian Craiutu, author
Indiana University