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The theory of power in the political thought of Louis de Bonald



Subject and Keywords:

traditionalism   French Revolution   counter-revolution   power


Louis Gabriel Ambroise de Bonald, next to Joseph de Maistre is one of the greatest representatives of traditionalism, a doctrine that criticizes the French Revolution and emphasizes divine interference in the social order. Actually from a philosophical perspective the depth of his observations allows to consider this thinker as the greatest „Doctor of Counter-Revolution”, however, giving way to the other philosopher – Joseph de Maistre, who I have mentioned, in terms of writing skills. The French thinker devoted a lot of attention to a detailed consideration of issues related to the theory of political power, social order, and the socio-political situation after 1789. The analysis of his considerations allows a thorough knowledge of the doctrine with which he is sometimes associated, but also the history of France told by a monarchist and an ardent defender of order built on Catholic values. This article will serve to present the fundamental views of Louis de Bonald in the indicated issues, demonstrate their importance for conservative discourse and outline the message that this conservative left behind. The perception of established regularities is conductive to determining the originality of Bonald's thought against the background of other outstanding representatives of traditionalism.

Place of publishing:



Katedra Doktryn Politycznych i Prawnych Wydziału Prawa, Administracji i Ekonomii Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego

Date issued:



ISSN 2451-2060   ISBN 978-83-65158-17-8




pol   eng


Acta Erasmiana. 2020, 19 s. 50-71

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Acta Erasmiana. 2020, 19

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