Alan KAHAN

Professeur des universités en études anglophones

 

Appartenances institutionnelles :

Sciences Po Saint-Germain-en-Laye
Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
CHCSC (Centre d’histoire culturelle des sociétés contemporaines)

Thèmes de recherche :

L’histoire des idées politiques en Europe au 19eme siècle ; les intellectuels ; le libéralisme au 19e siècle ; Alexis de Tocqueville ; John Stuart Mill

Principaux travaux en cours :
  • Un livre sur « Tocqueville, Democracy, and Religion : Checks and Balances for Democratic Souls« , sous contrat, Oxford University Press
  • ‘Character’ as a theme in British Social and Political Thought, 1830-1980, nouveau projet.

 

Présentation de quelques publications  significatives :

The Aristocratic Vision: Matthew Arnold and Nietzsche”, History of Political Thought, vol. 33, no. 1, Spring, 2012, pp. 125-143. The advent of democracy in nineteenth-century Europe was resisted by a set of thinkers who shared an “aristocratic vision”. These aristocratic thinkers rejected the view that the greater good of the majority was of greater value than some higher good of a smaller number This view corresponds in part to the philosophical tradition known as perfectionism. Matthew Arnold and Friedrich Nietzsche represent significant exemplars of the liberal and radical versions of the aristocratic vision, and their similarities and differences are representative of the broad spectrum of aristocratic thought.

Mind vs Money: The War Between Intellectuals and Capitalism. Transaction Publishing, 2010, pp. 321. Mind vs. Money is a comprehensive account of intellectuals’ well-known and highly influential antagonism towards capitalism. The book analyzes the conflict’s roots in the Western intellectual tradition and in modern intellectuals’ social situation, describes the struggle’s influence on Europe and the United States, and suggests ways to bring about a cease-fire.

Alexis de Tocqueville, Continuum Books, 2010, pp. 151. An introduction to the thought of one of the most influential political and social theorists of the nineteenth century.

Liberalism in Nineteenth-Century Europe: The Political Culture of Limited Suffrage, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2003, pp. 256. Through an analysis of parliamentary debates about suffrage questions in England, France, and Germany, this book argues that the defining language of liberalism as a political movement in nineteenth-century Europe was the discourse of capacity. Rather than a right to vote, voting was a political office which required proof of one’s capacity to exercise it properly. The rise and fall of this language between 1830 and 1880 shadows the development of a democratic society.

Aristocratic Liberalism: The Social and Political Thought of Jacob Burckhardt, John Stuart Mill, and Alexis de Tocqueville, Oxford University Press, 1992. Paperback edition, with new afterword, Transaction Publishers, 2001, pp. 242. Through a discussion of three canonical thinkers, the existence of a variety of European liberal thought hostile to both the middle classes and the masses is established, testimony to the wide range of thought sheltered under the common umbrella of “liberalism” as the nineteenth century knew it.

 

Liste complète des publications et interventions scientifiques

Ouvrages publiés

Livres

Mind vs Money: The War Between Intellectuals and Capitalism, Transaction Publishing, 2010, pp. 321.

Alexis de Tocqueville, Continuum Books, 2010, pp. 151.

Liberalism in Nineteenth-Century Europe: The Political Culture ofLimited Suffrage, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2003, pp. 256.

Aristocratic Liberalism: The Social and Political Thought of Jacob Burckhardt, John Stuart Mill, and Alexis de Tocqueville, Oxford University Press, 1992. Paperback edition, with new afterword, Transaction Publishers, 2001, pp. 242.

Traductions

Benjamin Constant, Commentary on Filangieri’s Work, the first English translation, Liberty Fund, forthcoming 2015.

Alexis de Tocqueville, The Old Regime and the Revolution, a new translation, The University of Chicago Press. Volume One, 1998, pp. 451.Volume Two, 2001. Paperback edition of Volume One, 2004, pp. 528.

Éditions

On Liberty, with Supporting Documents, by John Stuart Mill, a new edition with introduction, Bedford-St. Martin’s Press, 2008, pp. 200.

The Tocqueville Reader, edited and with an introduction by Alan Kahan and Olivier Zunz, Blackwell, 2002, pp. 384.

Articles parus dans des revues à comités de lecture

“Tocqueville, Religion and Democracy: Checks and Balances for Democratic Souls”, American Political Thought, forthcoming 2014.

“The Aristocratic Vision: Matthew Arnold and Nietzsche”, History of Political Thought, vol. 33, no. 1, Spring, 2012, pp. 125-143.

"Defining Opportunism: The Political Writings of Eugène Spuller", History of Political Thought, Winter 1994, pp. 423-446.

“Liberalism and Realpolitik in Prussia, 1830-52: The Case of David Hansemann", German History, October 1991, pp. 280-307

"The Victory of German Liberalism? Rudolf Haym, Liberalism and Bismarck", Central European History, March 1990, pp. 57-88.

"Tocqueville's Two Revolutions", Journal of the History of Ideas, October 1985, pp. 585-596.

Chapitres parus dans des ouvrages collectifs

“Tocqueville: The Corporation as an Ethical Association”, in Wealth, Commerce and Philosophy: Foundational Thinkers and Business Ethics, ed. by B. Heath and E. Kaldis, The University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2015.

“Democratic Grandeur: How Tocqueville Constructed His New Moral Science in America”, Tocqueville’s Voyages: The Evolution of His Ideas and Their Journey Beyond His Time, ed. Christine Henderson, Liberty Fund, forthcoming 2014.

“Beyond the Frontiers of Christendom: Tocqueville, Islam, and Hinduism”, Tocqueville and the Frontiers of Democracy, ed. by Ewa Atannassow and Richard Boyd, Cambridge University Press, 2013, pp. 89-110.

“Tocqueville: Liberalism and Imperialism", French Liberalism from Montesquieu to the Present Day, ed. Raf Geenens and Helena Rosenblatt, Cambridge University Press, 2012, pp. 152-168.

"Burckhardt and Modernity", Beitraege zu Jacob Burckhardt, ed. by Andreas Cesana and Lionel Gossman, Munich, 2004, pp. 253-268.

“The Burckhardt-Sismondi Debate over the Meaning of the Italian Renaissance", The Renaissance in the Nineteenth Century, ed. by Yannick Portebois and Nicholas Terpstra, Toronto, 2003, pp. 159-170.

« Guizot et le modèle anglais », François Guizot et la culture politique de son temps, ed. Marina Valensise, Paris, 1991, pp. 219-234

Articles dans revues sans comité de lecture

“Tocqueville and Liberal Education”, The Tocqueville Review/La Revue Tocqueville, vol. 34, no. 2, 2013, pp. 159-168.

“Max Weber and Warren Buffet: Looking for the Lost Charisma of Capitalism”, Society, vol. 49, no. 2, March, 2012, pp. 144-150.

“Tocqueville and Gender Distinctions”, Essais de philosophie pénale et de criminologie, vol. 7, 2008, pp. 117-128.

“Aristocracy in Tocqueville/De l’aristocratie chez Tocqueville", The Tocqueville Review, March 2006, pp. 323-348.

Review essay, “Tocqueville and the French Revolution”, History and Theory, October, 2006, pp. 424-435.

“Western Intellectuals and Commercial Society", Society, January 2006, pp. 45-52.

Comptes rendus

Tocqueville and his America: A Darker Horizon, by Arthur Kaledin, American Historical Review, 2012.

The Cambridge Companion to Constant, ed. Helena Rosenblatt, Annales Benjamin Constant, 2009.

Alexis de Tocqueville: A Biography, by Hugh Brogan, IAE, 2007.

Alexis de Tocqueville and the Second Republic, 1848-1852: A Study in

Political Practice and Principles, by Sharon B. Watkins; Tocqueville Unveiled: The Historian and His Sources for The Old Regime and the Revolution, by Robert T. Gannett, Jr., Journal of Modern History, December, 2005.

Citizens and Citoyens: Republicans and Liberals in America and France, by Mark Hulliung, Journal of Modern History, Spring 2005.

Political Intellectuals and Public Identities in Britain since 1850, by Julia Stapleton, Utilitas, Spring 2005.

The Mind and the Market: Capitalism in Modern European Thought, by Jerry Z. Muller, History: Reviews of New Books, 2004.

De Tocqueville, by Cheryl Welch, History of Political Thought, June 2002.

Lord Acton, by Roland Hill, Journal of Modern History, June 2002.

John Stuart Mill on Liberty and Control, by Joseph Hamburger, Albion, March 2001.

Tocqueville and the French, by Françoise Mélonio, Journal of Modern History, March 2000.

Frederick William IV and the Prussian Monarchy, 1840-1861, by David E. Barclay, Journal of Modern History, March 1998.

Theories of Tyranny from Plato to Arendt, by Roger Boesche, American Historical Review, December 1997.

Individual Choice and the Structures of History: Alexis de Tocqueville as Historian Reappraised, by Harvey Mitchell, Canadian Journal of History, August 1997.

Interpreting Tocqueville's Democracy in America, edited by Ken Masugi, Journal of American History, March 1994.

A Cultivated Mind: Essays on J. S. Mill Presented to John M. Robson­, ed. by Michael Laine, ­Albion­, 1992.

The Secret Mirror: Literary Form and History in Tocqueville's Recollections, by L. E. Shiner, and Reconsidering Tocqueville's Democracy in America, ed. by Abraham S. Eisenstadt, Nineteenth‑Century Prose, Winter 1992.

Geschichtsinteresse und historischer Diskurs: Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der franzosischen Geschichtswissenschaft im 19. Jahrhundert, by Ursula Becher, Journal of Modern History, September 1990.

The Two Tocquevilles, Father and Son: Hervé and Alexis de Tocqueville On the Coming of the French Revolution­, by R. R. Palmer,                        Journal of Modern History, December 1989.

Communications dans des colloques et congrés en 2013-14

À Durham University, University of Hull, Oxford University, King’s College – University of London, University of Sussex