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Maistre, Joseph de (1753–1821)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DC104-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 2001
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Count Joseph de Maistre was a major theorist of the Counter-Enlightenment, whose writings inspired generations of French Catholic royalists and stimulated thinkers diverse as Saint- Simon, Auguste Comte and Charles Maurras. He is known especially for his providential interpretation of the French Revolution, his support for a Bourbon Restoration in France, his opposition to all contractual theories of government, his arguments in favour of papal infallibility, his philosophical speculations on violence and bloodshed, his critique of John Locke’s epistemology and his attack on Francis Bacon’s ‘scientism’.

Citing this article:
Lebrun, Richard A.. Maistre, Joseph de (1753–1821), 2001, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DC104-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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