Birth of Joseph-Marie de Maistre - Blames French Revolution for Moral and Religious Decline Hot

Birth of Joseph-Marie de Maistre - Blames French Revolution for Moral and Religious Decline

Joseph-Marie de Maistre
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Theocrat and conservative political philosopher Joseph-Marie de Maistre is born in Chamberry, France.

An advocate of the creation of a Roman Catholic theocracy to preserve morality and religion, de Maistre will claim that the decline in moral values and religious ideals stems from the "satanic" French Revolution and the spread of Enlightenment ideas regarding freedom of thought, freedom of belief, and the primacy of reason. Joseph-Marie de Maistre will also argue that people would be better off if they surrendered both reason and philosophy to faith and religion.

Fundamentally a pessimist regarding human nature, a basic principle underlying most forms of political and religious conservatism, Joseph-Marie de Maistre will believe that people's recognition of their own sinfulness led them to crave order and discipline; this, in turn, is what leads to the development and need for strong, authoritative leaders and political institutions.

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