Carlo Marsonet ha studiato Scienze internazionali e diplomatiche presso l’Università di Genova e l’Università di Bologna, sede di Forlì. È PhD candidate in Politics: History, Theory, Science alla Luiss Guido Carli, Roma. Scrive sul blog della Fondazione Luigi Einaudi e collabora con Mente Politica. Ha pubblicato: Democrazia senza comunità. Il populismo quale reazione collettivistica alla modernità, in «Rivista di politica», n. 3/2018, pp. 59-70.

Abstract
Like few other historical events, the French Revolution continues to greatly influence Western political thought. Although with some substantial differences – can we talk about one revolution or, rather, two different revolutions? – Edmund Burke and Mme de Staël show how the revolutionary principles brought with them powerful problems. Popular sovereignty, the principles of equality and freedom, among others, were understood, in fact, in a rationalistic, dogmatic and Manichean way, without applying those necessary virtues that must always accompany human thought and actions, in order to avoid pernicious degenerations: prudence and moderation, skepticism and a sense of limit.

Keywords: Revolution, Conservatism, Liberty, Burke, Mme de Staël.


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