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In a recording for the Talking Intellectual History series at the University of St Andrews, Ryan Patrick Hanley and I discussed his new work on François de Salignac de la Mothe-Fénelon. Hanley is a professor of political science at Boston College and author of the monograph The Political Philosophy of Fénelon (Oxford University Press 2020), just published alongside Hanley’s selected translations: Fénelon: Moral and Political Writings.
Most anglophone historians of political thought have forgotten Fénelon’s significance. It may come as a surprise that Fenelon’s Adventures of Telemachus (1699) was the most-read book in eighteenth-century France after the Bible. As Hanley notes, Telemachus counted Montesquieu, Rousseau,Read More »