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Simard, Augustin

Associate Professor

  • On sabbatical in 2013-2014


  • Telephone 514-343-6111 #3481 Pav. PAV.M.CARON-L.GROULX-3200 J.B. \ Ext. C-4039
Simard, Augustin

Research expertise

My research concerns the development of political thought in Europe since the late 18th century. I am particularly interested in the crisis between the wars and the resulting process of decomposition/recomposition of liberalism. How was the trauma of the 1930s "metabolized" by political thinkers? How did it lead to a reconfiguration of liberal ideas, a shift in the basic issues of liberalism and a radical re-reading of tradition?

Rather than examining the conclusions of great thinkers, my work looks at the more anonymous but no less influential thinking of public law and constitutional doctrine. I am trying to shed light on the role that jurists played as mediators of political theory in different efforts at renewal (neo-liberalism, planning, economic regulation) and consolidation (defensive democracy, control of constitutionality) of the liberal regime in Europe.

Setting aside questions of normativity, my work first addresses the historicity of our political and conceptual references, and their place in specific circumstances. By examining the ways in which they were appropriated, we can question their obviousness and submit them to critical judgment.

Areas of expertise


  • La loi désarmée. Carl Schmitt et la controverse légalité/légitimité sous Weimar, Paris, Éditions de la MSH, collection « Philia », 2009. 
  • (édition canadienne : Québec, PUL, collection « Pensée allemande et européenne »)
  • « Das Erbe von Weimar aus transatlantischer Perspektive. Der Schutz der Demokratie bei Karl Loewenstein und Carl J. Friedrich » in M. Gangl (dir.), Die Weimarer Staatsrechtsdebatte. Diskurs- und Rezeptionsstrategien, Baden-Baden, Nomos, 2011.
  • «L'échec de la constitution de Weimar et les origines de la "démocratie militante" en RFA», Jus Politicum. Revue de droit politique, no. 1, 2008.
  • «Portrait du légiste en militant. L'engagement des constitutionnalistes dans une "république sans républicains"» in M. Béland et M. Dutrisac (dir.), Weimar, ou l'hyperinflation du sens, Québec, PUL, 2009.
  • Avec Laurence McFalls et Barbara Thériault, «Towards a Comparative Reception History of Max Weber's Oeuvre», in L. McFalls (dir.), Max Weber's "Objectivity" Reconsidered, University of Toronto Press, 2007.

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