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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


La Rochefoucauld: The Reduction of the Virtues

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/9780199589371.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, European Literature

Central to La Rochefoucauld’s Maximes is the repeated demonstrated that a given behaviour-pattern, usually classified as a virtue, can or should be attributed to some cause that is not a virtue. It ... More


La Rochefoucauld: Problems of Interpretation

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/9780199589371.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, European Literature

The Maximes went through much revision. Among the most important changes are the discarding of the original prefatory discourse by La Chapelle-Bessé and the inclusion of expressions such as ‘souvent’ ... More


From Pagan Virtue to Human Virtue: Jacques Esprit

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/9780199589371.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, European Literature

Jacques Esprit’s La Fausseté des vertus humaines appeared in 1678, when the Maximes had already been in print for several years. Because of this and because he and La Rochefoucauld had ceased ... More


Disguised Vices: Theories of Virtue in Early Modern French Thought

Michael Moriarty

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199589371
eISBN:
9780191728808
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589371.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, European Literature

The notions of virtue and vice are essential components of the Western ethical tradition. But in early modern France they were called into question, as writers (most famously La Rochefoucauld) argued ... More


La Rochefoucauld: Agents and Patients

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/9780199589371.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, European Literature

This chapter examines that implication of many of the Maximes that a praiseworthy deed or behaviour-pattern reflects no credit on the nominal agent, because he or she cannot legitimately claim ... More


The end of the First Estate: the bishops and the Estates-General, May-July 1789

Nigel Aston

in The End of an Élite: The French Bishops and the Coming of the Revolution 1786-1790

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198202844
eISBN:
9780191675553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202844.003.0009
Subject:
History, European Modern History, History of Religion

The actions of J.-M. Champion de Cicé and his liberal aides had left the First Estate in a desperate plight. The nerve of the most prominent conservatives had broken; Archbishop de Juigné was ... More


The Stroke of Passion: Pascal and the Poets

Richard Scholar

in The Je-Ne-Sais-Quoi in Early Modern Europe: Encounters with a Certain Something

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199274406
eISBN:
9780191706448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274406.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

It is commonly said that elusive forces draw individual human beings into passionate relations with one another. This chapter identifies three tendencies towards the je-ne-sais-quoi in the realm of ... More


The French Augustinians

Christopher Brooke

in Philosophic Pride: Stoicism and Political Thought from Lipsius to Rousseau

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691152080
eISBN:
9781400842414
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691152080.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter details the contemporary assault on Stoic moral psychology from the pens of the French Augustinians. The influence of the Stoic revival of the sixteenth century continued to be felt in a ... More


A Family of the Charentes in Distaff

Carolyn Chappell Lougee

in Facing the Revocation: Huguenot Families, Faith, and the King's Will

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780190241315
eISBN:
9780190241346
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190241315.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, History of Religion

This opening chapter introduces the Champagné family in its social and regional context at the moment when Marie de La Rochefoucauld received her inheritance of Berneré from her grandmother, Susanne ... More


The Greatest Danger?

Ruth Abbey

in Nietzsche's Middle Period

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780195134087
eISBN:
9780199785766
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195134087.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Just as he points to the power of egoism, so Friedrich Nietzsche is notorious for being a critic of pity. This chapter explores the dangers he detects in pity and its cognate emotions such as ... More


Acts

Paul B. Moyer

in The Public Universal Friend: Jemima Wilkinson and Religious Enthusiasm in Revolutionary America

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801454134
eISBN:
9781501701450
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801454134.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter discusses French noblemen Duc de La Rochefoucauld-Liancourt's criticism of the Public Universal Friend. He claimed that Jemima Wilkinson's “hypocrisy may be traced in all her discourses, ... More


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