Rémi Brague Sorbonne, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Daniel MahoneyAssumption College
Gladden PappinUniversity of Dallas
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ABOUT THE BOOK
Looking at leading philosophers and political theologians—among them Joseph de Maistre, Alexis de Tocqueville, and Charles Péguy—Perreau-Saussine shows how the Church redefined its relationship to the state in the long wake of the French Revolution.
Disenfranchised by the fall of the monarchy, the church in France at first embraced that most conservative of ideologies, "ultramontanism" (an emphasis on the central role of the papacy). Catholics whose church had lost its national status henceforth looked to the papacy for spiritual authority. Perreau-Saussine argues that this move paradoxically combined a fundamental repudiation of the liberal political order with an implicit acknowledgment of one of its core principles, the autonomy of the church from the state. However, as Perreau-Saussine shows, in the context of twentieth-century totalitarianism, the Catholic Church retrieved elements of its Gallican heritage and came to embrace another liberal (and Gallican) principle, the autonomy of the state from the church, for the sake of its corollary, freedom of religion. Perreau-Saussine concludes that Catholics came to terms with liberal democracy, though not without abiding concerns about the potential of that system to compromise freedom of religion in the pursuit of other goals.
Rémi Brague is Professor Emeritus of Arabic and Religious Philosophy at the Sorbonne and Romano Guardini Chair of Philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. In 2012, he was awarded the Ratzinger Prize for Theology. He is author of numerous books on classical and medieval culture, religion, literature, and law, includingEccentric Culture: A Theory of Western Civilization and Law of God: The Philosophical History of an Idea.
Daniel Mahoney is Professor and Augustinina Boulanger Chair of Political Science at Assumption College. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the Catholic University of America. He is associate editor of Perspectives on Political Science and book review editor for Society magazine. A renowned expert on French political philosophy, his books also include the critically acclaimed Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Ascent from Ideology.
Gladden J. Pappin is assistant professor of politics at the University of Dallas. In 2017 he cofounded American Affairs, of which he is the deputy editor. He is a senior adviser and permanent research fellow of the University of Notre Dame's de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, and is also a director of Pro Civitate Dei (La Londe-les-Maures, France). His writings on contemporary politics, as well as the history of ecclesiastical politics, appear in a variety of publications. He received his AB (history) and PhD (government) from Harvard.