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Journey Around My Room

Author:Xavier De Maistre

Publisher:Alma Books


Total Pages:161



Books Description:

Finding himself locked in his room for six weeks, a young officer uses his imagination to travel around his room, using the various objects it contains as inspiration for a delightful parody of contemporary travel-writing and exercise in Sternean picaresque, and humorously demonstrating what one can explore without having to travel to exotic locations. Contains a foreword by Alain de Botton

Revisioning Cambridge Platonism: Sources and Legacy

Author:Douglas Hedley,David Leech

Publisher:Springer Nature


Total Pages:268



Books Description:

This volume contains essays that examine the work and legacy of the Cambridge Platonists. The essays reappraise the ideas of this key group of English thinkers who served as a key link between the Renaissance and the modern era. The contributors examine the sources of the Cambridge Platonists and discuss their take-up in the eighteenth-century. Readers will learn about the intellectual formation of this philosophical group as well as the reception their ideas received. Coverage also details how their work links to earlier Platonic traditions. This interdisciplinary collection explores a broad range of themes and an appropriately wide range of knowledge. It brings together an international team of scholars. They offer a broad combination of expertise from across the following disciplines: philosophy, Neoplatonic studies, religious studies, intellectual history, seventeenth-century literature, women’s writing, and dissenting studies.The essays were originally presented at a series of workshops in Cambridge on the Cambridge Platonists funded by the AHRC.

St Petersburg Dialogues

Author:Joseph de Maistre

Publisher:McGill-Queen\'s Press - MQUP


Total Pages:448



Books Description:

Written and set on the banks of the Neva, St Petersburg Dialogues is a startlingly relevant analysis of the human prospect in the twenty-first century. As the literary critic George Steiner has remarked, "the age of the Gulag and of Auschwitz, of famine and ubiquitous torture ... nuclear threat, the ecological laying waste of our planet, the leap of endemic, possibly pandemic, illness out of the very matrix of libertarian progress" is exactly what Joseph de Maistre foretold. In the Dialogues Maistre addressed a number of topics that are discussed briefly or not at all in his other works already available in English. These include an apologetic for traditional Christian beliefs about providence, reflections on the social role of the public executioner and the "divinity" of war, a critique of John Locke's sensationalist psychology, meditations on prayer and sacrifice, and a mini-course on "illuminism." The literary form is that of the "philosophical conversation" – one that allowed Maistre to be deliberately provocative and to indulge his taste for paradox, a "methodical extravagance" that he judged particularly appropriate for the eighteenth-century salon. Translator and editor Richard Lebrun provides a full scholarly edition of this classic work, complete with an introduction, chronology, critical bibliography, and generous explanatory notes. The Dialogues will be of interest to scholars of literary history as well as the history of ideas.

Benjamin Constant and the Birth of French Liberalism

Author:K. Steven Vincent



Total Pages:280



Books Description:

This book advances a new interpretation of the timing and character of French (and more broadly European) liberalism, and contributes to the ongoing debate concerning the place of morality, sociability, and conceptions of the "self" in modern liberal thought.

Formal Revolution in the Work of Baudelaire and Flaubert

Author:Kathryn Oliver Mills

Publisher:Lexington Books


Total Pages:194



Books Description:

In Formal Revolution in the Work of Baudelaire and Flaubert, Kathryn Mills argues that despite the enduring celebrity of Baudelaire and Flaubert, their significance to modern art has been misunderstood. Mills places Le Spleen de Paris and Trois contes, their authors’ relatively less well-known but last published works, in relationship with the times and artistic goals of Baudelaire and Flaubert, showing that these seminal authors literally sought to “come to terms with” the changes transforming the nineteenth-century into the modern age by forging a new form for literature.

De la grâce à la gloire

Author:Père Philippe-Marie Margelidon

Publisher:Lethielleux Editions


Total Pages:648



Books Description:

Le langage chrétien fait souvent appel au vocabulaire de la grâce. On dit s'en remettre « à la grâce de Dieu » comme à sa providence. On dit aussi que « Dieu fait grâce », qu'il remet les péchés « par grâce », que l'homme vit « au gré de sa grâce ».Cependant, la grâce est un terme qui fait partie de ces vocables, comme l'âme ou la providence, qui sont devenus obscurs ou étranges à beaucoup. Pourtant ce terme est irremplaçable ; la théologie, pour ne pas dire la foi, ne peut se formuler sans lui. C'est que l'homme, en effet, selon la révélation biblique, est appelé, par une faveur divine gratuite qui est la grâce, à une destinée supérieure, que l'on qualifiera de surnaturelle. On mesure que cette manière de parler de grâce, de surnaturel, de faveur, de gratuité et de révélation recouvre une doctrine très riche, que ces quinze études ne prétendent pas épuiser, mais tentent de mettre en lumière.De longueurs inégales, ces quinze leçons cherchent à circonscrire l'étendue et la portée du mot grâce dans la tradition catholique. Il recèle probablement le secret le plus intime du christianisme. Professeur de théologie et directeur de la Revue thomiste, le frère Philippe-Marie Margelidon, o.p., dirige le studium de théologie des dominicains de la province de Toulouse.


Author:Edmund Fawcett

Publisher:Princeton University Press


Total Pages:544



Books Description:

A fresh and sharp-eyed history of political conservatism from its nineteenth-century origins to today’s hard Right For two hundred years, conservatism has defied its reputation as a backward-looking creed by confronting and adapting to liberal modernity. By doing so, the Right has won long periods of power and effectively become the dominant tradition in politics. Yet, despite their success, conservatives have continued to fight with each other about how far to compromise with liberalism and democracy—or which values to defend and how. In Conservatism, Edmund Fawcett provides a gripping account of this conflicted history, clarifies key ideas, and illuminates quarrels within the Right today. Focusing on the United States, Britain, France, and Germany, Fawcett’s vivid narrative covers thinkers and politicians. They include the forerunners James Madison, Edmund Burke, and Joseph de Maistre; early friends and foes of capitalism; defenders of religion; and builders of modern parties, such as William McKinley and Lord Salisbury. The book chronicles the cultural critics and radical disruptors of the 1920s and 1930s, recounts how advocates of laissez-faire economics broke the post 1945 consensus, and describes how Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, and their European counterparts are pushing conservatism toward a nation-first, hard Right. An absorbing, original history of the Right, Conservatism portrays a tradition as much at war with itself as with its opponents.

The Courilof Affair

Author:Irene Nemirovsky

Publisher:Vintage Canada


Total Pages:256



Books Description:

In 1903 Léon M–a devout terrorist–is given the responsibility by the Revolutionary Committee of publicly “liquidating” Valerian Alexandrovitch Courilof, a notoriously brutal and cold-blooded minister. Posing as his newly appointed personal physician, Léon M is made privy to the inner world of Courilof–his failing health, his troubled domestic situation and, most importantly, the tyrannical grip that the Czar himself holds over all his ministers, forcing them to obey him or suffer the most deadly punishments. Set in Kiev and St. Petersburg, The Courilof Affair, the story of one man’s inquisition during the Bolshevik Revolution, is both an elegy to a world lost and an unsparing observation of human motives and behaviour during a period of radical upheaval in European history.

Politics and Philosophy in the Thought of Destutt de Tracy

Author:Brian W. Head



Total Pages:486



Books Description:

First published in 1987. This study describes and analyses the published writings of the French philosopher Antoine Destutt de Tracy. The author focuses on the three decades from the calling of the Etats-généraux to the early years of the Restoration – the period of Tracy’s entire literary production, and the period of his greatest influence and reputation. This title will be of great interest to students of history, philosophy and politics.

The Generative Principle of Political Constitutions

Author:Joseph de Maistre



Total Pages:303



Books Description:

Joseph de Maistre had no doubt that the root causes of the French Revolution were intellectual and ideological. The degeneration of its first immense hopes into the Reign of Terror was not the result of a ruthless competition for power or of prospects of war. He echoed Voltaire's boast that "books did it all." The philosophers of the Enlightenment were the architects of the new regimes; and the shadow between revolutionary idea and social reality could be traced directly to a fatal flaw in their thought.De Maistre asserts that society is the product, not of men's conscious decision, but of their instinctive makeup. Both history and primitive societies illustrate men's gravitation toward some form of communal life. Since government is in this sense natural, it can not legitimately be denied, revoked, or even disobeyed by the people. Sovereignty is not the product of the deliberation or the will of the people; it is a divinely bestowed authority fitted not to man's wishes but to his needs.The French Revolution to de Maistre's mind was little more than the expansion, conversion, pride, and consequent moral corruption of the philosophers. It differs in essence from all previous political revolutions, finding a parallel only in the biblical revolt against heaven. These sentiments are the passionate and awe-inspired language of one who sees the political struggles of his time on a huge and cosmic scale, judges events sub specie aeternitatis (under the aspect of eternity), and looks on revolution and counter-revolution as a battle for the soul of humanity. The force of this classic volume still resonates in present-day ideological struggles.

Voyage Around My Room

Author:Xavier de Maistre

Publisher:New Directions Publishing


Total Pages:244



Books Description:

A lively and utterly singular travelogue of the intricate curiosities that are directly within one’s own reach In 1790, while serving in the Piedmontese army, the French aristocrat Xavier de Maistre (1763–1852) was punished for dueling and placed under house arrest for forty-two days. The result was a discursive, mischievous memoir Voyage Around My Room, and its sequel, Nocturnal Expedition Around My Room. Admired by Nietzsche and Machado de Assis, Ossian and Susan Sontag, this classic book proves that sitting on the living-room sofa can be as fascinating as crossing the Alps or paddling up the Amazon. In addition to the Voyage and Expedition, this edition also includes the dialogue “The Leper of the City of Aosta,” a preface by Xavier’s better-known older brother (the royalist philosopher Joseph de Maistre), and an introduction by Richard Howard.

Armand de Pontmartin, sa vie et ses oeuvres, 1811-1890

Author:Edmond Biré

Publisher:Good Press


Total Pages:379



Books Description:

"Armand de Pontmartin, sa vie et ses oeuvres, 1811-1890", de Edmond Biré. Publié par Good Press. Good Press publie un large éventail d'ouvrages, où sont inclus tous les genres littéraires. Les choix éditoriaux des éditions Good Press ne se limitent pas aux grands classiques, à la fiction et à la non-fiction littéraire. Ils englobent également les trésors, oubliés ou à découvrir, de la littérature mondiale. Nous publions les livres qu'il faut avoir lu. Chaque ouvrage publié par Good Press a été édité et mis en forme avec soin, afin d'optimiser le confort de lecture, sur liseuse ou tablette. Notre mission est d'élaborer des e-books faciles à utiliser, accessibles au plus grand nombre, dans un format numérique de qualité supérieure.

Citizen Emperor

Author:Philip Dwyer

Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing


Total Pages:816



Books Description:

'Napoleon's legend is so persistent that it confounds the historical reality in the popular imagination. He himself contributed much towards the construction of his own myth, from his youth even until after he fell from power, when, while in exile, he dictated his memoirs to a group of disciples who took down his every word in the hope that his version of history would prevail. Such were Napoleon's skills as a chronicler that much of the legend is still unquestioningly accepted...' This second volume of Philip Dwyer's outstanding biography sheds further fresh light on one of the great figures of modern history. After a meteoric rise, a military-political coup in 1799 established Napoleon Bonaparte in government, aged just thirty. This meticulously researched study examines the man in power, from his brooding obsessions and capacity for violence, to his ability to inspire others and realise his visionary ideas. One of the first truly modern politicians, Napoleon skilfully fashioned the image of himself that laid the foundation of the legend that endures to this day; Philip Dwyer's ambitious, definitive work separates myth from history to offer us anew one of history's most charismatic and able leaders.

Miscellanea Taparelli

Author:P. Ciprotti,J. Diez Alegria,Cattolica Pug E Civilta

Publisher:Gregorian Biblical BookShop


Total Pages:536



Books Description:

Il 21 settembre 1962 si compirono cento anni dalla morte del P. Luigi Taparelli d'Azeglio della Compagnia di Gesu. Ricopriva allora la carica di Superiore e Direttore della Civilta Cattolica, il periodico dei gesuiti italiani al quale aveva dedicato gli ultimi dodici anni della sua vita, dopo averlo tenuto a battesimo nel 1850. Chiudeva gli occhi nel Collegio romano, centro di studi fondato da S. Ignazio di Loyola ed illustrato in tre secoli da uomini insigni nelle scienze sacre ed umane e del quale egli stesso era stato il primo Rettore, quando Leone XII, nel 1824, lo aveva restituito alla Compagnia di Gesu. Questa coincidenza di luogo era l'espressione di una continuita spirituale e di pensiero unificatore che aveva caratterizzato tutta la sua vita. Rettore del Collegio romano, P. Taparelli non era stato soltanto coscienzioso dirigente di un Istituto che raccoglieva per gli studi umanistici il fiore della gioventu romana, e per le scienze sacre gli alunni dei Seminari di tutto il mondo, ma soprattutto un pioniere e capo di un movimento che doveva imprimere un indirizzo al pensiero cattolico. Eredi e partecipi delle ricchezze intellettuali e morali di questa figura di uomo di scienza e di fede, la Pontificia Universita Gregoriana e la Civilta Cattolica hanno voluto commemorare degnamente il compiersi dei cento anni dalla sua morte.

Against Rousseau

Author:Joseph de Maistre

Publisher:McGill-Queen\'s Press - MQUP


Total Pages:248



Books Description:

On the State of Nature and On the Sovereignty of the People are Maistre's most comprehensive treatment of Rousseau's ideas and his most sustained critique of the ideological foundations of the revolution. On the State of Nature, a detailed critique of Rousseau's Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality, focuses on Rousseau's belief in the natural goodness of man; On the Sovereignty of the People, a critique of Social Contract, explores Rousseau's theory of popular sovereignty. In Maistre's eyes Rousseau encouraged the socially destructive individualism that lay at the heart of the French Revolution. However, the essays reveal some surprising ambiguities in the relationship between two seminal thinkers who are usually thought of as polar opposites, suggesting that Maistre's vision was more akin to Rousseau's than he would have admitted. Against Rousseau offers valuable insights into the evolution of Maistre's counter-revolutionary ideas during the crucial years of 1792-97 and illustrates his remarkable insights into society and politics. It is vital to any consideration of his thought or the counter-revolutionary movement in eighteenth-century France.

The Dispute of the New World

Author:Antonello Gerbi

Publisher:University of Pittsburgh Pre


Total Pages:719



Books Description:

When Hegel described the Americas as an inferior continent, he was repeating a contention that inspired one of the most passionate debates of modern times. Originally formulated by the eminent natural scientist Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon and expanded by the Prussian encyclopedist Cornelius de Pauw, this provocative thesis drew heated responses from politicians, philosophers, publicists, and patriots on both sides of the Atlantic. The ensuing polemic reached its apex in the latter decades of the eighteenth century and is far from extinct today. Translated in 1973, The Dispute of the New World is the definitive study of this debate. Antonello Gerbi scrutinizes each contribution to the debate, unravels the complex arguments, and reveals their inner motivations. As the story of the polemic unfolds, moving through many disciplines that include biology, economics, anthropology, theology, geophysics, and poetry, it becomes clear that the subject at issue is nothing less than the totality of the Old World versus the New, and how each viewed the other at a vital turning point in history.

The Idea of Order

Author:H. Barth

Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media


Total Pages:224



Books Description:

In these essays toward a political philosophy we shall be con cerned with fundamentals. And because it is a question of fundamentals, they will, we imagine, be of interest to many readers. We should like to contribute to a clarification, histor ically and systematically, of some concepts with which every philosophy of society and the state has to deal. We shall admit historical considerations for the sake of insights into the sys tematic ones, and we trust that our inquiry into the systematic will help us to understand the historical. For we are moving in that circle exemplarily described by Johann Gustav Droysen in his Vorlesungen fiber Enzyklopadie und Methodologie der Ge schichte (§ 37) when he writes: 'Undoubtedly we only under stand completely that which is, when we recognize and make clear to ourselves how it came to be. But how it came to be, we recognize only if we investigate and understand, as exactly as possible, how it is. Our grasping that which came to be and comprehending its becoming is only one form and expression of our understanding of the present and existing. And this becoming and having come to be can be derived only by temporally conceiving and analysing the existing in order to understand it. ' We must, therefore, center our attention on what may be called the structure and logic of social order.

Souvenirs de soixante années

Author:Etienne-Jean Delécluze,Ligaran



Total Pages:551



Books Description:

Extrait : "Au mois de mai 1789, Étienne, âgé de huit ans, était confié aux soins de Savouré dont la pension relevait du collège de Lizieux où le jeune enfant devait achever ses études. Les grands événements de la Révolution rendirent l'exécution de ce dernier projet impossible." À PROPOS DES ÉDITIONS LIGARAN Les éditions LIGARAN proposent des versions numériques de qualité de grands livres de la littérature classique mais également des livres rares en partenariat avec la BNF. Beaucoup de soins sont apportés à ces versions ebook pour éviter les fautes que l'on trouve trop souvent dans des versions numériques de ces textes. LIGARAN propose des grands classiques dans les domaines suivants : • Livres rares • Livres libertins • Livres d'Histoire • Poésies • Première guerre mondiale • Jeunesse • Policier

The Reception of Edmund Burke in Europe

Author:Martin Fitzpatrick,Peter Jones

Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing


Total Pages:416



Books Description:

Over the last fifty years the life and work of Edmund Burke (1729-1797) has received sustained scholarly attention and debate. The publication of the complete correspondence in ten volumes and the nine volume edition of Burke's Writings and Speeches have provided material for the scholarly reassessment of his life and works. Attention has focused in particular on locating his ideas in the history of eighteenth-century theory and practice and the contexts of late eighteenth-century conservative thought. This book broadens the focus to examine the many sided interest in Burke's ideas primarily in Europe, and most notably in politics and aesthetics. It draws on the work of leading international scholars to present new perspectives on the significance of Burke's ideas in European politics and culture.

Joseph de Maistre's Life, Thought, and Influence

Author:Richard A. Lebrun

Publisher:McGill-Queen\'s Press - MQUP


Total Pages:344



Books Description:

Joseph de Maistre (1753B1821) was an extraordinarily gifted and insightful commentator on foundational developments that have shaped our modern world. His reaction to the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, though hostile, was remarkably open and included innovative and still-valuable theorizing about such human phenomena as violence and unreason. The political and theoretical issues he addressed continue to challenge us today. In Joseph de Maistre's Life, Thought, and Influence leading Maistre scholars offer interpretations of his thought and make available in English recent French scholarship on his life and work. They provide a portrait of Maistre as a significant thinker in numerous fields, upsetting the image of him as a backward-looking "reactionary," a reinterpretation furthered by contemporary interest in Counter-Enlightenment thought in general. Joseph de Maistre's Life, Thought, and Influence is a valuable resource, providing not only a cross-section of current Maistre scholarship but also notes and biographical suggestions for further study. Contributors include Owen Bradley (University of Tennessee), Jean-Louis Darcel (Université de Savoie), Jean Dinezet (former OECD director-general), Graeme Garrard (University of Wales), Richard A. Lebrun, Vera Miltchyna (Writer's Union, Moscow), Jean-Yves Pranchère (independent scholar), W. Jay Reedy (Bryant College), and Benjamin Thurston (D.Phil. candidate, Oxford).

Friendship and Politics in Post-Revolutionary France

Author:Sarah Horowitz

Publisher:Penn State Press


Total Pages:240



Books Description:

In Friendship and Politics in Post-Revolutionary France, Sarah Horowitz brings together the political and cultural history of post-revolutionary France to illuminate how French society responded to and recovered from the upheaval of the French Revolution. The Revolution led to a heightened sense of distrust and divided the nation along ideological lines. In the wake of the Terror, many began to express concerns about the atomization of French society. Friendship, though, was regarded as one bond that could restore trust and cohesion. Friends relied on each other to serve as confidants; men and women described friendship as a site of both pleasure and connection. Because trust and cohesion were necessary to the functioning of post-revolutionary parliamentary life, politicians turned to friends and ideas about friendship to create this solidarity. Relying on detailed analyses of politicians’ social networks, new tools arising from the digital humanities, and examinations of behind-the-scenes political transactions, Horowitz makes clear the connection between politics and emotions in the early nineteenth century, and she reevaluates the role of women in political life by showing the ways in which the personal was the political in the post-revolutionary era.

Adam Smith in Toulouse and Occitania

Author:Alain Alcouffe,Philippe Massot-Bordenave

Publisher:Springer Nature


Total Pages:312



Books Description:

This book provides substantial background on what Adam Smith did during his stay in Toulouse and the Languedoc region of France during the 18th century. This is a crucial period in Smith’s life for at least two reasons: i) it is during this time that Smith began to work on The Wealth of Nations; and ii) it is generally understood that although some of his ideas about political economy were already formed before his trip, his encounters with many French political economists during his time in France helped him to further develop them. As such, this book provides a rich resource to further understanding Smith's world, his travel experiences and the people he met during this time and situates these within the broader context of Smith's life as a whole, and within the British aristocracy. This work will be of value to students and researchers in the history of economic thought, travel studies and Scottish studies.

A New Introduction to Jurisprudence

Author:Paul Cliteur,Afshin Ellian



Total Pages:208



Books Description:

A New Introduction to Jurisprudence takes one of the central problems of law and jurisprudence as its point of departure: what is the law? Adopting an intermediate position between legal positivism and natural law, this book reflects on the concept of ‘liberal democracy’ or ‘constitutional democracy’. In five chapters the book analyses: (i) the idea of higher law, (ii) liberal democracy as a legitimate model for the state, (iii) the separation of church and state or secularism as essential for the democratic state, (iv) the universality of higher law principles, (v) the history of modern political thought. This interdisciplinary approach to jurisprudence is relevant for legal scholars, philosophers, political theorists, public intellectuals, historians, and politicians.

The Death Penalty

Author:James J. Megivern

Publisher:Paulist Press


Total Pages:N.A



Books Description:

A comprehensive history of the death penalty in the West that provides more material on capital punishment in Western Christian history than is available in any other work in English.

Tensions of Order & Freedom

Author:Bila Menczer

Publisher:Transaction Publishers


Total Pages:205



Books Description:

Between the French Revolution and the Socialist rising of 1848, there developed in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Austria a considerable body of political thought by Catholic scholars and public men. The great aim of these writers was somehow to reconcile the traditional European order with the demand for increased freedom: the tension of authority and liberty. For the most part, the writings of these men of theory have been difficult to obtain in the English-speaking world. Menczer makes available an intelligent selection of such materials, drawn from Maistre, Bonald, Chateaubriand, Balzac, Metternich, Schlegel, Donoso Cortes, Balmes, and Veuillot, who while differing all sought to avert another outburst of fanatic revolution. These political thinkers of the first half of the nineteenth century seem more prescient than were their melioristic adversaries. The totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century were predicted by them, and both order and freedom, as they feared, were overthrown by squalid oligarchs in many countries. Menczer's introduction and notes aid greatly in the understanding of the scholars and statesmen he discusses. This volume is important for normative political thinkers.

Pleasure and Pain in Nineteenth-century French Literature and Culture

Author:David Evans,Kate Griffiths



Total Pages:286



Books Description:

From Sade at one end of the nineteenth century to Freud at the other, via many French novelists and poets, pleasure and pain become ever more closely entwined. Whereas the inseparability of these themes has hitherto been studied from isolated perspectives, such as psychoanalysis, sadism and sado-masochism, melancholy, or post-structuralist textualjouissance, the originality of this collaborative volume lies in its exploration of how pleasure and pain function across a broader range of contexts. The essays collected here demonstrate how the complex relationship between pleasure and pain plays a vital role in structuring nineteenth-century thinking in prose fiction (Balzac, Flaubert, Musset, Maupassant, Zola), verse and the memoir as well as socio-cultural studies, medical discourses, aesthetic theory and the visual arts. Featuring an international selection of contributors representing the full range of approaches to scholarship in nineteenth-century French studies – historical, literary, cultural, art historical, philosophical, and sociopolitical – the volume attests to the vitality, coherence and interdisciplinarity of nineteenth-century French studies and will be of interest to a wide cross-section of scholars and students of French literature, society and culture.


Author:Martin S. Staum

Publisher:Princeton University Press


Total Pages:444



Books Description:

A physician and spokesman for the French Ideologues, Pierre-JeanGeorges Cabanis (1757-1808) stands at the crossroads of several influential developments in modern culture--Enlightenment optimism about human perfectibility, the clinical method in medicine, and the formation and adaptation of liberal social ideals in the French Revolution. This first major study of Cabanis in English traces the influences of these developments on his thought and career. Originally published in 1980. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Sacrifice Imagined

Author:Douglas Hedley

Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing USA


Total Pages:256



Books Description:

Sacrifice Imagined is an original exploration of the idea of sacrifice by one of the world's preeminent philosophers of religion. Despisers of religion have poured scorn upon the idea of sacrifice as an index of the irrational and wicked in religious practice. Nor does its secularised form seem much more appealing. One need only think of the appalling cult of sacrifice in numerous totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century. Yet sacrifice remains a part of our cultural and intellectual 'imaginary'. Hedley proposes good reasons to think that issues of global conflict and the ecological crisis highlight the continuing relevance of the topic of sacrifice for contemporary culture. The subject of sacrifice has been decisively influenced by two books: Girard's The Violence and the Sacred and Burkert's Homo Necans. Both of these are theories of sacrifice as violence. Hedley's book challenges both of these highly influential theories and presents a theory of sacrifice as renunciation of the will. His guiding influences in this are the much misunderstood Joseph de Maistre and the Cambridge Platonists.


Author:Graeme Garrard



Total Pages:224



Books Description:

The Enlightenment and its legacy are still actively debated, with the Enlightenment acting as a key organizing concept in philosophy, social theory and the history of ideas. Counter-Enlightenments is the first full-length study to deal with the history and development of counter-enlightenment thought from its inception in the eighteenth century right through to the present. Engaging in a critical dialogue with Isaiah Berlin’s work, this book analyzes the concept of counter-enlightenment and some of the most important issues and problems it raises. Graeme Garrard explores the diverse forms of thought in this field, with a wide-ranging review of the principle figures of the past two hundred and fifty years, and an incisive assessment of the persuasiveness of the most common and important criticisms of the Enlightenment.

The Sense Of Reality

Author:Isaiah Berlin

Publisher:Random House


Total Pages:304



Books Description:

Eight of the nine pieces in The Sense of Reality are published here for the first time. The range is characteristically wide: realism in history; judgement in politics; the special right of philosophers to self-expression; the history of socialism; the nature and impact of Marxism; the radical cultural revolution instigated by romanticism; the Russian notion of artistic commitment; the origins and practice of nationalism. The title essay, starting from the impossibility of recreating a bygone epoch, provides a superb centrepiece.

Journal d'une femme de chambre

Author:Octave Mirbeau

Publisher:Le Livre de Poche


Total Pages:502



Books Description:

Edition enrichie (préface, notes, chronologie, bibliographie) Le 14 septembre 1898, Célestine R. prend sa nouvelle place au Mesnil-Roy, en Normandie, et décide de tenir son journal. « Mon intention, écrit-elle, est de n’employer aucune réticence, pas plus visà- vis de moi-même que vis-à-vis des autres » : les turpitudes de ses maîtres seront donc férocement montrées. D’abord conçu comme une étude de la condition domestique et une satire des moeurs bourgeoises, Le Journal d’une femme de chambre que Mirbeau fait paraître en 1900 s’est élargi en une dénonciation de l’intolérance qui a conduit à la condamnation de Dreyfus, et la satire bascule du côté de la diatribe. Au moment de sa parution, l’emportement impudique qui traverse le roman scandalise la critique, qui en dénonce les ignominies et n’en rend compte qu’à regret. Mais aujourd’hui, nous pouvons regarder sans moralisme la fureur dévastatrice du livre et son esthétique du monstrueux, et y voir la preuve, bien plutôt, de l’éclatante puissance littéraire de Mirbeau. Édition présentée et annotée par Pierre Glaudes.

Historicising the French Revolution

Author:Carolina Armenteros,Tim Blanning,Isabel DiVanna,Dawn Dodds

Publisher:Cambridge Scholars Publishing


Total Pages:345



Books Description:

Three decades ago, François Furet famously announced that the French Revolution was over. Napoleon's armies ceased to march around Europe long ago, and Louis XVIII even returned to occupy the throne of his guillotined brother. And yet the Revolution’s memory continues to hold sway over imaginations and cultures around the world. This sway is felt particularly strongly by those who are interested in history: for the French Revolution not only altered the course of history radically, but became the fountainhead of historicism and the origin of the historical mentality. The sixteen essays collected in this volume investigate the Revolution’s intellectual and material legacies. From popular culture to education and politics, from France and Ireland to Poland and Turkey, from 1789 to the present day, leading historians expose, alongside graduate students, the myriad ways in which the Revolution changed humanity’s possible futures, its history, and the idea of history. They attest to how the Revolution has had a continuing global significance, and is still shaping the world today.

Reformed Dogmatics : Volume 1

Author:Herman Bavinck

Publisher:Baker Academic


Total Pages:688



Books Description:

In partnership with the Dutch Reformed Translation Society, Baker Academic is proud to offer the first volume of Herman Bavinck's complete Reformed Dogmatics in English for the very first time. Bavinck's approach throughout is meticulous. As he discusses the standard topics of dogmatic theology, he stands on the shoulders of giants such as Augustine, John Calvin, Francis Turretin, and Charles Hodge. This masterwork will appeal to scholars and students of theology, research and theological libraries, and pastors and laity who read serious works of Reformed theology.

Russia under Western Eyes

Author:Martin E Malia

Publisher:Harvard University Press


Total Pages:529



Books Description:

A dazzling work of intellectual history by a world-renowned scholar, spanning the years from Peter the Great to the fall of the Soviet Union, this book gives us a clear and sweeping view of Russia not as an eternal barbarian menace but as an outermost, if laggard, member in the continuum of European nations.

Conservative Ideology in the Making

Author:Iván Zoltán Dénes

Publisher:Central European University Press


Total Pages:292



Books Description:

The fifty years or so preceding the watershed of 1848–49 witnessed the emergence of liberal nationalism in Hungary, along with a transmutation of conservatism which appeared then as a party and an ideological system in the political arena. The specific features of the conservatism, combining the protection of the status quo with some reform measures, its strategic vision, conceptual system, argumentation, assessment criteria and values require an in depth exploration and analysis. Different conservative groups were in the background or in opposition from 1848 to 1918, while in the period between the two World Wars, they constituted the overwhelming majority of ruling parties. During the one-party system, from 1949 to 1989, the liberals and conservatives—like all other political groups—were illegal, a status from which they could later emerge upon the change of the political system. The inheritance of the autocratic system frozen up and undigested by the one-party state was thawed after the peaceful regime change, the constitutional revolution and its discrete components began to be reactivated, including the enemy images of earlier discourses. "Liberal" and "conservative" had become state-party stigmas in line with fascist, reactionary, rightist, and bourgeois. In reaction to that, at first conservative then liberal, intellectual fashions and renascences unfolded in the 1980s. The attempts by liberal and conservative advocates to find predecessors did not favor an objective approach.The first step toward objectivity is establishing distance from the different kinds of enemy images and their political idioms. This is a pressing need because, although several pioneering works have appeared on different variants of the Hungarian liberalisms and conservatisms, there are no serious unbiased syntheses. This work is urgent because the political poles of the constitutional revolution and the ensuing period have up till now been described in terms of different conspiracy theories.

Sagesse suivi de jadis et naguère

Author:Paul Verlaine

Publisher:Le Livre de Poche


Total Pages:348



Books Description:

Édition enrichie (Introduction, notes, dossier sur l'œuvre, variantes, chronologie et bibliographie) Sagesse n'est pas séparable de la métamorphose que Verlaine a connue au mois de juin 1874, lorsqu'il s'est converti dans la prison où il avait été conduit pour avoir, à Bruxelles, tiré sur Rimbaud. Un changement radical s'en est suivi, qui n'est pas seulement religieux mais aussi politique puisque le poète, républicain naguère, soutient la cause légitimiste. Et cependant, le recueil qui contient bien des pièces antérieures à la conversion est moins cohérent que ne le donne à penser son architecture rigoureuse et, par sa dimension à la fois personnelle, politique, sociale, religieuse, il présente au lecteur les multiples facettes d'un art qui ne se réduit ni à un contenu ni à une facture uniques. Quand Verlaine fait paraître le volume, en décembre 1880, chez un éditeur catholique, il s'attache néanmoins à souligner la rupture que ces vers nouveaux viennent ouvrir en son oeuvre - et c'est l'incompréhension qui prévaut parmi les lecteurs : néo-romantique par ses thèmes comme par son lyrisme, cette poésie déroute. Quinze ans plus tard, à la mort de Verlaine, Sagesse sera néanmoins devenu son plus grand recueil.