By Fran^cois de La Rochefoucauld, E.H. Blackmore, A.M. Blackmore, Francine Giguère

Deceptively short and insidiously effortless to learn, los angeles Rochefoucauld's smart, unflattering analyses of human habit have encouraged writers, thinkers, and public figures as quite a few as Voltaire, Proust, de Gaulle, Nietzsche, and Conan Doyle.
this is often the fullest choice of l. a. Rochefoucauld's writings ever released in English, and contains the 1st entire translation of the Réflexions diverses (Miscellaneous Reflections). This variation comprises a very good advent that surveys los angeles Rochefoucauld's existence, the genesis of his paintings, its shape and content material, and its effect, in addition to accomplished explanatory notes. A desk of different maxim numbers and an intensive and useful index of themes aid the reader to find any maxim speedy and to understand the complete variety of l. a. Rochefoucauld's concept on any of his favourite subject matters, comparable to self-love, vice and advantage, love and jealousy, friendship and self-interest, ardour and satisfaction

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James, ‘Scepticism and Positive Values in La Rochefoucauld’, French Studies, 23 (1969), 349–61). Many would question whether it is even possible for an author to write in a way that lacks ‘any’ centre and obliterates ‘all’ internal consistency (to use Starobinski’s terms). And in La Rochefoucauld’s particular case, heterogeneity is counterbalanced by the employment of a narrow repertoire of stylistic devices, the recurrent use of favourite words and phrases, and the pervasive sense of a highly individual (and highly coherent) speaking voice.

De la Société/Social Contact RD 3. De l’Air et des Manières/Manners and Ways of Behaving RD 4. De la Conversation/Conversation RD 5. De la Confiance/Confiding RD 6. De l’Amour et de la Mer/Love and the Sea RD 7. Des Exemples/Examples RD 8. De l’Incertitude de la Jalousie/The Uncertainty of Jealousy RD 9. De l’Amour et de la Vie/Love and Life RD 10. Du Goût/Taste RD 11. Du Rapport des hommes avec les animaux/The Relationship Between Men and Animals RD 12. De l’Origine des maladies/The Origin of Illnesses RD 13.

Nowadays libertin interpretations of La Rochefoucauld seem to be dominant in the English-speaking world, where, as Derek A. Watts says in La Rochefoucauld: Maximes et Réflexions diverses (Glasgow, 1993), 41, ‘the idea of the Maximes as a “school of Christian humility” … no longer carries a great weight of conviction. ’ Perhaps it is not necessary to choose between these two interpretations; they have more in common than may be apparent. Jansenists and freethinkers shared a common cultural heritage.

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