Mably and Berne

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Scopus citations


The Swiss Cantons had no greater admirer in the eighteenth-century than the French political thinker Gabriel Bonnot de Mably. The feeling was mutual, at least to some extent, since the Bernese Patriotic Society awarded its first prize in 1763 to Mably, for his dialogue Entretiens de Phocion. The prize then led to an exchange of letters, stretching across some two decades, with Daniel Fellenberg, founder of the Patriotic society-the most important block of Mably's correspondence to have survived. This essay considers the 1763 prize and the correspondence with Fellenberg for the light they cast both on Mably and on Bernese participation in the wider currents of eighteenth-century thought.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)427-439
Number of pages13
JournalHistory of European Ideas
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2007


  • Berne
  • Corruption
  • Fellenberg
  • Mably
  • Republicanism
  • Rousseau
  • Virtue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy


Dive into the research topics of 'Mably and Berne'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this