Las dos libertades de Benjamin Constant

Translated title of the contribution: Benjamin Constant’s Two Liberties

Daniel Mansuy*

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This article relativizes the thesis that Benjamin Constant’s thought is a direct antecedent of Isaiah Berlin’s distinction between positive and negative freedom. According to that position, there would be a clear similarity between Berlin’s Two Concepts of Liberty and Constant’s The Liberty of Ancients Compared with that of Moderns. Firstly, I talk about the way in which Berlin refers to Constant in order to account for the latter’s distinction. I then examine a relevant difficulty for Berlin’s proposed affiliation: Constant’s republican tone. Thirdly, I discuss Constant’s thought to determine the role played by this republican tone, which is indispensable to measure his differences when compared with Berlin. Finally, I conclude with some reflections on the relationship between the two authors.

Translated title of the contributionBenjamin Constant’s Two Liberties
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)119-146
Number of pages28
JournalTopicos (Mexico)
Issue number69
StatePublished - 4 Apr 2024

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  • Isaiah Berlin
  • Benjamin Constant
  • freedom
  • republicanism


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