Rethinking Modernity, Religion, and Tradition: The Intellectual Dialogue between Alexandre Stourdza and Joseph de Maistre

History of European Ideas 40 (2):1-13 (2014)

This review-essay discusses two recent books on the political vision of Joseph de Maistre and Alexandre Stourdza who defended two different types of conservatism in Western and Eastern Europe. A former advisor to Tsar Alexander I and later secretary of Jean Capodistrias, Stourdza stood for the principles of Eastern Christianity and emphasized their unique contribution to the development of the European spirit. Special attention is paid to the controversy triggered by the publication of Stourdza's Considéations sur la doctrine et l'esprit de l'Eglise orthodoxe followed by Maistre's Du Pape . The essay concludes with a few remarks on the importance of comparative political thought and cross-cultural analysis
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