Charles Comte, Charles Dunoyer and Liberal Thought in France
Chapter 2. Charles Comte and Charles Dunoyer: Different Takes on a Shared Path
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CHARLES COMTE AND CHARLES DUNOYER
Different Takes on a Shared Path
The period of French history that began in the wake of the Revolution and extended to the uprisings of February 1848 had what the historian of ideas Maxime Leroy called some “good observers”.1 Among them were surely Charles Comte and Charles Dunoyer. But they were above all anxious observers, tormented witnesses: first in the face of the regime that installed itself after 1789, and then in the face of the irresistible rise of socialism and statism. It was this shared dismay that forged early links of friendship between them: it clearly foretold an intellectual commitment and it heralded the development of a doctrine.
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