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By William Logue

Charles Renouvier, thinker of Liberty, is a learn and exam of the nineteenth Century French philosopher's positions, the social and political opinions he derived from them, their relevance to the issues of his day, and their carrying on with relevance to a few of the social and highbrow difficulties of our personal time. the writer additionally provides an analyses of Renouvier's ethical philosophy and the way he similar it to the necessity for social motion; his doctrine of of unfastened will and its manifold results for philosophy and for daily life; his figuring out of the spiritual quandary of the nineteenth Century; and his principles in regards to the courting among the person and the group in an age of accelerating individualism that prefigured our personal.

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On Marion, see Waelti, Morale kantienne, 105107. 26 See Pt. II, Chap. 4, of Gaston Richard, La Question sociale et le mouvement philosophique au XIXe siècle (Paris, 1914). Renouvier praised Liard (Histoire, IV, 67879); Father Lucien Laberthonnière (Critique du laïcisme [Paris, 1948]) found Renouvier's influence in all the laic reformers: Pécaut, Steeg, Liard, Buisson, Séailles, Jaurès. On Pécaut, see François Pillon, "Un ouvrage récent sur la philosophie de Charles Renouvier," Année philosophique (1905), 127.

13 The Western country that seems to have best resisted the diminution of philosophy in the twentieth century has been Italy, perhaps because of the example of Benedetto Croce, who so brilliantly carried the banner of philosopher-in-the-world into our time. 14 13 For more sophisticated discussion of the relevance of philosophy, see the last section of Jacques Bouveresse, Rationalité et cynisme (Paris, 1984), and W. V. , 1981); see also Bernard-Henri Lévy, Eloge des intellectuels (Paris, 1987). 14 See especially Giovanna Cavallari, Charles Renouvier, filosofo della liberal-democrazia (Naples, 1979), and Vittore Collina, Plurale filosofico et rad- (footnote continued on next page) Page 11 The single factor that has the greatest influence on the reputation of a thinker outside his homeland is his reputation inside.

Waelti (Morale kantienne, 11213) saw Bergson as further expanding the use of liberty as the basis of philosophy. 29. , 132) argues that Bergson revived the French spiritualist movement, which was naturally hostile to Renouvier's phenomenism. Benrubi (Contemporary Thought of France, 11516) argues for the appearance of a rad- (footnote continued on next page) Page 17 The final blow, which produced a definitive eclipse of Renouvier's philosophy despite a spate of scholarly studies in the 1920s, was undoubtedly World War I.

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