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Politics and Scepticism in La Mothe Le Vayer

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Politics and Scepticism in La Mothe Le Vayer (2019), Narr Francke Attempto, 72070 Tübingen, ISBN: 9783823301141


  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. The Philosopher La Mothe Le Vayer: Incurable Sceptic
  • 1.1 The Philosopher La Mothe Le Vayer: Philosopher with an Insatiable Appetite for Books
  • 1.2 Supporter of Curiosity that Leads to Admiration
  • 1.3 Adversary of Curiosity for the Causes behind the Show Offered by the World
  • 1.4 Fervent Admirer of Sextus Empiricus’ “Decalogue”
  • 1.5 The Contradictions: Instrument against Stubbornness
  • 1.6 The Sceptic who Merges Pyrrhonism with the New Academy
  • 1.7 Follower of Flexible Thought
  • Chapter 2. La Mothe Le Vayer against Political Power and its Practices
  • 2.1 Politicians: Ordinary Individuals who Rely on Ostentation for Their Power
  • 2.2 Deceit and Violence: Common Practices of Power
  • 2.3 Political Science: Theory Deprived of Influence on Practice
  • 2.4 Political Science face-to-face with Scepticism
  • 2.5 Politics: A Practice that Does not Seem to be Governed by Science, but by Fortune
  • 2.6 The Pyrrhonian Contradictions: Annihilating Instrument against Political Science?
  • Chapter 3. The Political Science Taught by La Mothe Le Vayer
  • 3.1 Politics, a Fundamentally Practical Science
  • 3.2 The Magical Arts, Pseudo-Sciences Unworthy of Study
  • The Relationship between Power and Altar
  • Power Facing the Religious Difference
  • The War against the Spanish and the Alliances with the Protestants
  • 3.6 The Reason of State or the “Politics of the Lesser Evil”
  • The Contents of Political Science
  • Chapter 4. La Mothe Le Vayer’s Attitude towards Politics: Irreducible Contradiction?
  • 4.1 Philosopher Away from the Political World
  • 4.2 Philosopher who Considers Himself Duty Bound to Share the Fruits of his Wakefulness
  • 4.3 At the Service of Power or at a Distance from it?
  • 4.4 Intertextuality I: The Boundaries of Royal Omnipotence
  • 4.5 Intertextuality II: The Foundations of Power
  • 4.6 The Prudence of the Prince: Necessary, but Difficult
  • 4.7 The Philosophers: Prudent Ministers and Counselors of the Prince
  • Conclusion
  • Works cited
  • I. Primary sources
  • II. Secondary sources

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