Auguste Bertholet’s contribution to the recent edition of collected works by Catherine Colomb

Auguste Bertholet was a contributor to the editorial project on the works of Catherine Colomb, a twentieth-century writer from Lausanne. The book was published with Éditions Zoe.

Auguste was in charge of critical edition of Catherine Colomb’s previously unpublished doctoral thesis entitled “Béat de Muralt. Voyageur et fanatique”, whose eponymous character was a Bernese patrician and writer in the XVII and XVIII century..



Publication by Radoslaw Szymanski in the edited volume The Legacy of Vattel’s Droit Des Gens, K. Stapelbroek & A. Trampus (eds.), Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

Radoslaw Szymanski has contributed a chapter entitled ‘Vattel as an Intermediary Between the Economic Society of Berne and Poland’ to a recently published edited volume The Legacy of Vattel’s Droit Des Gens. The collective work edited by Koen Stapelbroek and Antonio Trampus was published with Palgrave Macmillan.

In the chapter Szymanski discusses Emer de Vattel’s relatively unknown three-year stay in Poland (1760-1763). He first focuses on Vattel’s role in establishing a network of Swiss and Polish reform thinkers; then on the imprint which he left on Polish late eighteenth-century authors. Significantly, while in Warsaw Vattel aligned himself with the Economic Society of Bern and its French secretary Elie Bertrand (1713-1797), whose economic reform agenda can be seen as complementary to his own vision of an international order. Simultaneously, his stance on the question of international intervention, also based on a nuanced understanding of modern commerce, inspired Polish thinkers attempting to delegitimise the first partition of Poland.

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Markets, Morals, Politics. Jealousy of Trade and the History of Political Thought – a volume in memory of Istvan Hont coedited by Béla Kapossy

Béla Kapossy, together with Isaac Nakimovsky, Sophus A. Reinert and Richard Whatmore, edited a volume in memory of Istvan Hont. The publication, at Harvard University Press, brings together a host of original contributions from Hont’s most distinguished colleagues.

Editor’s description:

When Istvan Hont died in 2013, the world lost a giant of intellectual history. A leader of the Cambridge School of Political Thought, Hont argued passionately for a global-historical approach to political ideas. To better understand the development of liberalism, he looked not only to the works of great thinkers but also to their reception and use amid revolution and interstate competition. His innovative program of study culminated in the landmark 2005 book Jealousy of Trade, which explores the birth of economic nationalism and other social effects of expanding eighteenth-century markets. Markets, Morals, Politics brings together a celebrated cast of Hont’s contemporaries to assess his influence, ideas, and methods.

Richard Tuck, John Pocock, John Dunn, Raymond Geuss, Gareth Stedman Jones, Michael Sonenscher, John Robertson, Keith Tribe, Pasquale Pasquino, and Peter N. Miller contribute original essays on themes Hont treated with penetrating insight: the politics of commerce, debt, and luxury; the morality of markets; and economic limits on state power. The authors delve into questions about the relationship between states and markets, politics and economics, through examinations of key Enlightenment and pre-Enlightenment figures in context—Hobbes, Rousseau, Spinoza, and many others. The contributors also add depth to Hont’s lifelong, if sometimes veiled, engagement with Marx.

The result is a work of interpretation that does justice to Hont’s influence while developing its own provocative and illuminating arguments. Markets, Morals, Politics will be a valuable companion to readers of Hont and anyone concerned with political economy and the history of ideas.


Bien commun: que reste t-il de la pensée politique de Rousseau? Prof. Béla Kapossy talks about the political thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau for the Swiss radio RTS

Prof. Béla Kapossy talks about the political thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau as a guest of the special ‘Biens communs’ week on the Swiss radio RTS, in a talk entitled Bien commun: que reste t-il de la pensée politique de Rousseau?

“Sitôt que le service public cesse d?être la principale affaire des Citoyens, et qu?ils aiment mieux servir de leur bourse que de leur personne, l?État est déjà près de sa ruine.” La réflexion paraît en 1762, dans un ouvrage de philosophie qui va bouleverser la pensée politique moderne: du “Contrat Social”. Pour son auteur, le philosophe genevois Jean-Jacques Rousseau, la survie de l’Etat démocratique dépend avant tout de l’attachement de la collectivité au bien commun. Pourquoi et dans quelles conditions développe t-il cette théorie? Comment l’entendre aujourd’hui? Qu’en reste t-il?
Rousseau s’invite dans notre semaine spéciale “Biens communs”, avec en direct Bela Kapossy, historien des idées, spécialiste des Lumières, professeur à l’Université de Lausanne.
Par Anne-Laure Gannac, et la collaboration de Nicole Corpataux