Bossuet: Politics Drawn from the Very Words of Holy by Jacques Bossuet, Patrick Riley

By Jacques Bossuet, Patrick Riley

This can be the 1st ever English rendition of the vintage assertion of divine correct absolutism in French, released in 1707 while the facility and glory of the French ancien régime was once at its zenith. Patrick Riley has supplied complete aiding fabrics together with a chronology, advisor to extra interpreting and short notes on folks pointed out, as well as a lucid advent putting Bossuet's bibliocentric politics of their old and highbrow context.

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Throws out at random some loose Sect. ] F A L L A C I E S OF A U T H O R I T Y . , catching it up, tells you what A . thinks — at least, what A . said : C . tells you what has been said by A . and B . ; and thus like an avalanche the mass rolls on. H appily it is only in matters o f law and religion that endeavours are made, by the favour shown and currency given to this fallacy, to limit and debilitate the exercise o f the right o f private inquiry in as great a degree as possible, though at this time o f day the exercise o f this essential right can no longer be sup­ pressed in a complete and direct way by legal punish­ ment.

Catching it up, tells you what A . thinks — at least, what A . said : C . tells you what has been said by A . and B . ; and thus like an avalanche the mass rolls on. H appily it is only in matters o f law and religion that endeavours are made, by the favour shown and currency given to this fallacy, to limit and debilitate the exercise o f the right o f private inquiry in as great a degree as possible, though at this time o f day the exercise o f this essential right can no longer be sup­ pressed in a complete and direct way by legal punish­ ment.

Self regard predominant ? no : but self-regard sole o ccu p a n t: the universal interest, howsoever talked of, never so much as thought o f ; right and wrong, objects o f avowed indifference. O f the self-written M em oirs o f Bubb D odington how much was said in their day ! o f Gerard Ham il­ ton’s Parliamentary L ogic, how little ! T h e reason is not unobvious: D odington was all anecdote; Ham il­ ton was all theory. W hat Hamilton endeavoured to teach with M alone and Johnson for his bag-bearers, D odington was seen to practise.

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