Isaac Nakhimovsky is Associate Professor of History and Humanities. His first book, The Closed Commercial State: Perpetual Peace and Commercial Society from Rousseau to Fichte
(Princeton, 2011), recast the German philosopher J.G. Fichte as a major contributor to the natural rights tradition who, in the context of the French Revolution, came to undertake a uniquely systematic treatment of national economic independence as an ideal. His next book, Inventing the Holy Alliance: The Strange Birth of a Liberal Ideal
, develops a similarly revisionist perspective on the history of liberal internationalism by explaining why so many liberals were initially prepared to embrace the Holy Alliance of 1815 as the dawning of a liberal future and the founding of a federal Europe. Nakhimovsky has also collaborated on an edition of Fichte’s Addresses to the German Nation
(Hackett, 2013), and two volumes of essays on eighteenth-century political thought and its post-revolutionary legacies: Commerce and Peace in the Enlightenment
(Cambridge, 2017), and Markets, Morals, Politics: Jealousy of Trade and the History of Political Thought
(Harvard, 2018). In March 2022 he will deliver the Quentin Skinner Lecture
at the University of Cambridge (postponed from June 2020).
“Georg Lukács, Revolutionary Realpolitik, and the History of Political Thought,” Journal of the History of Ideas, forthcoming.