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Reading La Rochefoucauld

Michael Moriarty

in Disguised Vices: Theories of Virtue in Early Modern French Thought

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199589371
eISBN:
9780191728808
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589371.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, European Literature

Different critical approaches to La Rochefoucauld are summed up. The context in which the Maximes emerged is described: the failure of the aristocratic revolt known as the Fronde, La Rochefoucauld’s ... More


Religious Moralists

Michael Moriarty

in Fallen Nature, Fallen Selves: Early Modern French Thought II

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199291038
eISBN:
9780191710599
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291038.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter is chiefly devoted to Pierre Nicole and François Lamy, both to a certain extent followers of Descartes, though Jacques Esprit, a sometime collaborator of La Rochefoucauld’s, is also ... More


La Rochefoucauld on Interest and Self–Love

Michael Moriarty

in Fallen Nature, Fallen Selves: Early Modern French Thought II

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199291038
eISBN:
9780191710599
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291038.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

La Rochefoucauld’s work is difficult to place ideologically: it shows affinities with Augustinian thought but also with secular thinkers and the preoccupations of court culture. Early responses to ... More


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