Pierre Manent (French: [manɑ̃]; born 6 May 1949, Toulouse) is a French political scientist and academic. He teaches political philosophy at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, in the Centre de recherches politiques Raymond Aron. Every autumn[when?], he is also a visiting teacher in Boston College at the Department of Political Science.

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Pierre Manent in November 2011
Pierre Manent

(1949-05-06) May 6, 1949 (age 70)
Alma materÉcole Normale Supérieure
Scientific career
FieldsPolitical science
InstitutionsEcole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
Boston College
InfluencesAristotle, Tocqueville, Raymond Aron, Leo Strauss

After graduating from the École Normale Supérieure, he became assistant to Raymond Aron at the Collège de France. He was one of the founders of the quarterly Commentaire and remains a regular contributor.

Manent is a key figure of the contemporary French political philosophy and his work has helped the rediscovery of the French liberal tradition. A eurosceptic[1] and a classical liberal, he has been called by The Weekly Standard "the most profound of the Euroskeptical philosophers".[2]


In FrenchEdit

  • Naissances de la politique moderne: Machiavel, Hobbes, Rousseau (Payot, 1997, reed., Gallimard, 2007)
  • Tocqueville et la nature de la démocratie (1982, reed. 1993)
  • Les Libéraux (1986, reed. Gallimard, 2001)
  • Histoire intellectuelle du libéralisme: dix leçons (1987, reed. 1997)
  • La Cité de l'homme (1994, reed. Flammarion, 1997)
  • Modern Liberty and Its Discontent (1998)
  • Cours familier de philosophie politique (Fayard, 2001, reed Gallimard 2004)
  • L'Amour et l'amitié d'Allan Bloom (traduction) (Livre de Poche, 2003)
  • Une éducation sans autorité ni sanction ? (with Alain Renaut et Albert Jacquard, Grasset, 2004)
  • La raison des nations (Gallimard, 2006)
  • Ce que peut la littérature (with Alain Finkielkraut, Mona Ozouf et Suzanne Julliard, Stock, coll. « Les Essais », 2006, 295 p., ISBN 2234059143)
  • Enquête sur la démocratie : Etudes de philosophie politique (Gallimard, 2007)

In EnglishEdit

  • Metamorphoses of the City: On the Western Dynamic Marc A. Lepain, trans., (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2013).
  • Democracy Without Nations: The Fate of Self-Government in Europe Paul Seaton, trans., (Wilmington, Delaware: Intercollegiate Studies Instituts, 2007).
  • A World beyond Politics? Marc A. Lepain, trans., (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2006).
  • Modern Liberty and its Discontents. Daniel J. Mahoney and Paul Seaton, trans., (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1998).
  • The City of Man. Marc A. LePain, trans., (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1998).
  • Tocqueville and the Nature of Democracy. John Waggoner, trans., (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 1996).
  • An Intellectual History of Liberalism. Rebecca Balinski, trans., (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1994).


  1. ^ "Pierre Manent on the European Union". YouTube.com. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  2. ^ Lawler, Reinsch, Peter, Richard. "A Populist Uprising". www.weeklystandard.com. The Weekly Standard. Retrieved 14 January 2015.

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