Alan S. Kahan is an historian, political theorist, translator, travel writer, and resident of Paris. He is Professor of British Civilization at the University of Versailles/St. Quentin. Currently, he is working on a book on "Tocqueville, Religion, and Democracy"", and trying to keep in mind George Orwell's advice to make sure your writing is simple and clear, so that “when you make a stupid remark its stupidity will be obvious, even to yourself.”
Kahan's Corollary to the Law of Unintended Consequences:
"The most common unintended consequence of human action is that the action has no consequences at all."
With Apologies to Pascal: "Thinking is to human beings what running is to horses. Of course, this does not apply to cart horses."
Information about his most recent book, Mind vs. Money: The War Between Intellectuals and Capitalism, can be found here.
For information about his other recent book, Alexis de Tocqueville, please click here.
For some of Alan Kahan's recent papers, please click here.
Older work, still available for purchase to brighten the life of your favorite masochist:
Aristocratic Liberalism: The Social and Political Thought of Jacob Burckhardt, John Stuart Mill, and Alexis de Tocqueville, click here.
Liberalism in Nineteenth-Century Europe: The Political Culture of Limited Suffrage, click here.
Kahan's edition of John Stuart Mill On Liberty: With Supporting Documents, click here.
Kahan's edition of selected writings by Alexis de Tocqueville, The Tocqueville Reader, click here.
Kahan's translation of Tocqueville's The Old Regime and the Revolution, click here.
To see some of Kahan's musings about life in Paris, click here.