Henri Saint-Simon, (1760-1825) (RLE Social Theory): Selected Writings on Science, Industry and Social Organisation

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Keith Taylor
Routledge, Jul 26, 2020 - Religion - 314 pages

Keith Taylor has undertaken a thorough study of the full range of writings by the brilliant French thinker Henri Saint-Simon (1760–1825), including his unpublished manuscripts, and the result is the first comprehensive and truly representative selection in English from the works of this founding father of social science and socialism, whose ideas exerted a formative influence on such major and diverse intellectual figures as Comte, Proudhon, Marx and Engels, Herzen, Carlyle and Durkheim. When Saint-Simon's writings first appeared, they aroused little more than amusement and curiosity. The ideas they contained – ideas concerning the application of scientific method to the study of man and society, the coming of the new 'scientific-industrial' age in which the State would assume responsibility for promoting social welfare, the prospects for international cooperation and integration in Europe, man's need for a secular religion – were widely dismissed. But the boldness and originality of Saint-Simon's work had a lasting impact on subsequent thinkers and played a major role in the development of European social thought throughout the nineteenth and into the twentieth centuries.





Keith Taylor's introductory essay places Saint-Simon's writings in their proper historical context, offers a penetrating reassessment of their significance as a contribution to social theory, and considers the extent of their influence on modern thought. It indicates the inadequacies of many previous interpretations of Saint-Simon's thinking, and highlights, in particular, the tendency of most recent commentators to disregard some crucial features of his political philosophy. This selection is an essential insight into a modern understanding of Saint-Simon from a young English scholar. Nowhere else in English may be found so wide-ranging a selection from Saint-Simon's writings presenting such a balanced view of his thought.

 

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Contents

Preface
Note on the Translation
Abbreviations
SaintSimons Life and Work
The Doctrine of SaintSimon
The Influence of the Doctrine
Selected Writings PART I SCIENCE AND THE PROGRESS OF THE HUMAN MIND 1802
Extract on Social Organisation
The Reorganisation of European Society
On the Establishment of an Opposition Party
Letter to the Minister of the Interior
Public Good To All Englishmen and Frenchmen Who are Zealous for
FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF MEN TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF THINGS 181720
Declaration of Principles LIndustrie 12 Letters to an American LIndustrie 13 Letter to the Publicists
Views on Property and Legislation LIndustrie 15 On the Political History of Industry LIndustrie 16 The Political Interests of Industry 17 On M Barth...
Comparison between the National Industrial Party and the AntiNational Party La Politique

Introduction to the Scientific Studies of the 19th Century
Second Prospectus for a New Encyclopaedia
Memoir on the Science of
Study on Universal Gravitation
PROPOSALS FOR POSTWAR RECONSTRUCTION 181415
Prospectus for Lorganisateur LOrganisateur 20 A Political Parable First Extract from LOrganisateur 21 Sketch of the New Political System LOrganisa...
Considerations on Measures to be Taken to End the Revolution Du système industriel
Third Letter to the Farmers Manufacturers Merchants Bankers and Other Industrials Du Système industriel
THE TRUE CHRISTIANITY 18215
The Role of the Lawyers

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