Temporal and Eternal

Temporal and Eternal

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Temporal and Eternal is a profound and poetic assessment of the relationship between tradition and liberty, between politics and society, and between Christianity and the modern world. This edition includes a new foreword by Pierre Manent, Professor of Political Science at the Centre de Recherches Politiques Raymond Aron in Paris.

As the twenty-first century begins, the relationships this book explores are as relevant as they were in the last century, when French poet and essayist Charles Péguy addressed them in "Memories of Youth" and "Clio I," the two essays in this volume.

The brevity, beauty, and timeless relevance of Péguy's prose make this volume attractive for historians, scholars, and laymen.
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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 125 x 200 x 17.78mm | 297g
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0865973210
  • 9780865973213
  • 1,533,304

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Temporal and Eternal is a profound and poetic assessment of the relationship between tradition and liberty, between politics and society, and between Christianity and the modern world. Liberty Fund edition includes a new foreword by Pierre Manent, professor of political science at the Centre de Recherches Politiques Raymond Aron in Paris. As the twenty-first century begins, the relationships this book explores are as relevant as they were in the last century, when French poet and essayist Charles Peguy addressed them in "Memories of Youth" and "Clio I, " the two essays in this volume. In these essays Peguy develops his theme of la mystique--that which a person or a nation is--and la politique--mere policy. According to Peguy, "Everything begins as a mystique and ends as a politique." A nation, then, that loses its mystique--that is, those traditions and customs that predate politics--loses both its liberty and its self-respect and becomes prone to totalitarian terror, by the right or the left. Peguy rightly discerned in the displacement of mystique by politique in European life "the coming of a demagogic domination disastrous for liberties." Thus, observes pierre Manent, "the most important event in Peguy's life and for his work was also of capital importance, not only for the French of his generation but also for the Western world ever since."
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