Joseph Marie, Comte de Maistre (b. 1753, d. 1821) led the philosophical reaction to the French Revolution, arguing strongly for absolute monarchy and social order checked by tradition, nobility, and social institutions. His most famous works, On the Papacy and On God and Society, were written in exile and argue for a central role of Christianity in civil society, and for Papal infallibility in temporal matters as well as the extramundane.

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Catholic Encyclopedia: Joseph-Marie, Comte de Maistre
Biographic article from the 1911 edition, summarizing his chief arguments for authority and against Gallicanism.
Modern History Sourcebook: Divine Origins of Constitutions
Excerpt from de Maistre's 1810 work on the source of authority for constitutional governments.

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