Modern European Intellectual History

Retrieving Duties in an Age That Needs Them
Moyn, Samuel. “Retrieving Duties in an Age That Needs Them.” Jerusalem Post, 2017. Publisher's Version
Christian Human Rights: An Introduction
Moyn, Samuel. “Christian Human Rights: An Introduction.” King's Law Journal 28, no. 1 (2017): 1-5. Publisher's Version
Restraining Populism
Moyn, Samuel. “Restraining Populism.” First Things, 2017. Publisher's Version
Welfare World
Moyn, Samuel. “Welfare World.” Humanity 8, no. 1 (2017): 175-83. Publisher's Version
Look Back in Anger
Moyn, Samuel. “Look Back in Anger.” The New Republic, 2017. Publisher's Version
A Whole Climate
Moyn, Samuel. “A Whole Climate.” The Nation, 2016. Publisher's Version
Actual Lives
Moyn, Samuel. “Actual Lives.” The Nation, 2015. Publisher's Version
"De l'eau à la rivière": la réception anglo-américaine de l'oeuvre de P. Rosanvallon
Moyn, Samuel. “"De l'eau à la rivière": la réception anglo-américaine de l'oeuvre de P. Rosanvallon.” In La démocratie à l'oeuvre: Autour de Pierre Rosanvallon, edited by Sarah Al-Matary and Florent Guénard, 65-77. Paris: Seuil, 2015. Publisher's Version
Giuseppe Mazzini in (and Beyond) the History of Human Rights
Moyn, Samuel. “Giuseppe Mazzini in (and Beyond) the History of Human Rights.” In Revisiting the Origins of Human Rights, edited by Miia Halme-Tuomisaari and Pamela Slotte. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. Publisher's Version
Sleight of Hand
Moyn, Samuel. “Sleight of Hand.” New Rambler Review, 2015. Publisher's Version
Truth and Triviality: Christianity, Natural Law, and Human Rights
Moyn, Samuel. “Truth and Triviality: Christianity, Natural Law, and Human Rights.” Immanent Frame, 2015. Publisher's Version
Christian Human Rights
Moyn, Samuel. Christian Human Rights. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015. Publisher's VersionAbstract

In Christian Human Rights, Samuel Moyn asserts that the rise of human rights after World War II was prefigured and inspired by a defense of the dignity of the human person that first arose in Christian churches and religious thought in the years just prior to the outbreak of the war. The Roman Catholic Church and transatlantic Protestant circles dominated the public discussion of the new principles in what became the last European golden age for the Christian faith. At the same time, West European governments after World War II, particularly in the ascendant Christian Democratic parties, became more tolerant of public expressions of religious piety. Human rights rose to public prominence in the space opened up by these dual developments of the early Cold War.

Moyn argues that human dignity became central to Christian political discourse as early as 1937. Pius XII's wartime Christmas addresses announced the basic idea of universal human rights as a principle of world, and not merely state, order. By focusing on the 1930s and 1940s, Moyn demonstrates how the language of human rights was separated from the secular heritage of the French Revolution and put to use by postwar democracies governed by Christian parties, which reinvented them to impose moral constraints on individuals, support conservative family structures, and preserve existing social hierarchies. The book ends with a provocative chapter that traces contemporary European struggles to assimilate Muslim immigrants to the continent's legacy of Christian human rights.

Did Christianity Create Liberalism?
Moyn, Samuel. “Did Christianity Create Liberalism?Boston Review, 2015, 40, 1, 50-55. Publisher's Version
The Fall and Rise of Intellectual History
McMahon, Darrin M, and Samuel Moyn. “The Fall and Rise of Intellectual History.” Chronicle of Higher Education, 2014, 60, 23. Publisher's Version
Imaginary Intellectual History
Moyn, Samuel. “Imaginary Intellectual History.” In Rethinking Modern European Intellectual History, edited by Darrin M McMahon and Samuel Moyn. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. Publisher's Version
The Burkean Regicide
Moyn, Samuel. “The Burkean Regicide.” The Nation, 2014. Publisher's Version
Rethinking Modern European Intellectual History
McMahon, Darrin M, and Samuel Moyn, ed. Rethinking Modern European Intellectual History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Modern European intellectual history is thriving as never before. It has recovered from an era in which other trends like social and cultural history threatened to marginalize it. But in spite of enjoying a contemporary renaissance, the field has lost touch with the tradition of debating why and how to study ideas and thus lacks both a well-articulated set of purposes and a range of arguments for exactly what it means to pursue those purposes. This volume revives that tradition. 

Recalling past attempts to showcase the diversity and differentiation of modern European intellectual history, this volume also documents how much has changed in recent decades. Some authors are much readier to defend a history of ideas practiced over the long term - once the defining sin of the field. Others go so far as to insist on how ideas are always open to reappropriation and reevaluation beyond their original contexts - suggesting that it is an error to reduce the ideas to those contexts. Others still argue that, under threat from trends like social history, intellectual historians have forsaken any attempt to resolve for themselves how ideas are socially embodied.

The volume also registers old and new trends in history that have affected the study of ideas, including the history of science, the history of academic disciplines, the history of psychology and "self," international and global history, and women's and gender history.

Claude Lefort, Political Anthropology, and Symbolic Division
Moyn, Samuel. “Claude Lefort, Political Anthropology, and Symbolic Division.” In Claude Lefort: Thinker of the Political, edited by Martín Plot. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. Publisher's Version
John Locke on Intervention, Uncertainty, and Insurgency
Moyn, Samuel. “John Locke on Intervention, Uncertainty, and Insurgency.” In Just and Unjust Military Intervention: European Classics from Vitoria to Mill, edited by Stefano Recchia and Jennifer Welsh, 113-31. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Publisher's Version
Anxiety and Secularization: Søren Kierkegaard and the Twentieth-Century Invention of Existentialism
Moyn, Samuel. “Anxiety and Secularization: Søren Kierkegaard and the Twentieth-Century Invention of Existentialism.” In Situating Existentialism: Key Texts in Contexts, edited by Robert Bernasconi and Jonathan Judaken. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012. Publisher's Version