Liberal and Conservative Political Thought in Nineteenth-century Serbia: Vladimir Jovanović and Slobodan Jovanović Cover Image

Liberal and Conservative Political Thought in Nineteenth-century Serbia: Vladimir Jovanović and Slobodan Jovanović
Liberal and Conservative Political Thought in Nineteenth-century Serbia: Vladimir Jovanović and Slobodan Jovanović

Author(s): Boris Z. Milosavljević
Subject(s): History
Published by: Balkanološki institut - Srpska akademija nauka i umetnosti
Keywords: political philosophy; state; liberalism; tradition; parliamentary system; bicameralism; political prejudice; morality

Summary/Abstract: Two very influential political philosophers and politicians, Vladimir Jovanović and Slobodan Jovanović, differed considerably in political theory. The father, Vladimir, offered an Enlightenmentinspired rationalist critique of the traditional values underpinning his upbringing. The son, Slobodan, having had a nontraditional, liberal upbringing, gradually - through analyzing and criticizing the epoch’s prevailing ideas, scientism, positivism and materialism - came up with his own synthesis oftraditionalandliberal,stateandliberty,generalandindividual.Unlike Vladimir Jovanović, who advocated popular sovereignty, central to the political thought of his son Slobodan was the concept of the state. On the other hand, Slobodan shared his father’s conviction that a bicameral system was a prerequisite for the protection of individual liberties and for good governance. Political views based on different political philosophies decisively influenced different understandings of parliamentarianism in nineteenthcentury Serbia, which in turn had a direct impact on the domestic political scene and the manner of government.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: XLI
  • Page Range: 131-153
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: English