Author: Pierre Kubic Publisher: Editions du CEFAL ISBN: 9782871301493 Size: 51.32 MB Format: PDF, Kindle View: 3200
Bien que fondée sur la tolérance et l'exercice d'une conscience affranchie des dogmes et des présupposés, la Franc Maçonnerie n'échappe pas davantage que d'autres groupes ou institutions aux idées toutes faites et aux représentations réductrices qu'elle se fait d'elle-même. Insensiblement, le poids des habitudes, l'inertie de la routine finissent par faire oublier aux esprits même les plus éclairés leurs imperfections et leurs petits travers. Or peut-on imaginer de penser librement sans liberté préalable du regard ? Ce regard que l'on porte sans cesse autour de soi, il est utile de le porter d'abord sur soi-même, de relativiser somme toute sa propre importance et de la replacer à l'échelle du monde. Toutefois, autocritique et remise en question ne doivent pas pour autant s'apparenter à une mortification. Le sage, après tout, est d'abord celui qui a le bon goût de rire de lui-même.
Author: Luce Tukru Publisher: Editions du CEFAL ISBN: 9782871302292 Size: 79.25 MB Format: PDF View: 855
Notre société du tout au marché n’a de cesse de faire croire que le sens de la vie se trouve dans la consommation effrénée de tout et n’importe quoi. Pour s’en convaincre, l’homo economicus a fait de la publicité la synthèse ultime de ses idéaux de progrès et de prétendue civilisation. La pub, ce serait la représentation tout à la fois du bien-être, de la liberté, de la créativité… bref d’une vie épanouie et heureuse. Mais derrière ses justifications culturelles, derrière l’innocence apparente de son jeu de séduction, ses couleurs, son mélange (pas toujours subtil) d’humour, de distinction et de provocation, se cache une industrie sans états d’âme, à commencer pour ceux qui y travaillent ! Qui d’autre qu’une vraie « fille de pub » pouvait faire découvrir l’envers du décor publicitaire et en démonter les ressorts, sans complaisance et en toute impertinence ?
Though usually Edmund Burke is identified as the first to articulate the principles of a modern conservative political tradition, arguably he was preceded by a Scotsman who is better known for espousing a brilliant concept of skepticism. As Laurence Bongie notes, "David Hume was undoubtedly the eighteenth-century British writer whose works were most widely known and acclaimed on the Continent during the later Enlightenment period. Hume's impact [in France] was of undeniable importance, greater even for a time than the related influence of Burke, although it represents a contribution to French counter-revolutionary thought which, unlike that of Burke, has been almost totally ignored by historians to this day." The bulk of Bongie's work consists of the writings of French readers of Hume who were confronted, first, by the ideology of human perfection and, finally, by the actual terrors of the French Revolution. Offered in French in the original edition of David Hume published by Oxford University Press in 1965, these vitally important writings have been translated by the author into English for the Liberty Fund second edition. In his foreword, Donald Livingston observes that "If conservatism is taken to be an intellectual critique of the first attempt at modern total revolution, then the first such event was not the French but the Puritan revolution, and the first systematic critique of this sort of act was given by Hume." Laurence L. Bongie is Professor Emeritus of French at the University of British Columbia. Donald Livingston is Professor of Philosophy at Emory University. Please note: This title is available as an ebook for purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes.
The Vocabulary of Modern French provides a fresh insight into contemporary French. With this book, Hilary Wise offers the first comprehensive overview of the modern French vocabulary: its historical sources, formal organisation and social and stylistic functions. Topics covered include: * external influences on the language * word formation * semantic change * style and register In addition, the author looks at the relationship between social and lexical change and examines attempts at intervention in the development of the language. Each chapter is concluded by notes for further reading, and by suggestions for project work which are designed to increase awareness of specific lexical phenomena and enable the student-reader to use lexicographic databases of all kinds. The Vocabulary of Modern French is an accessible and fascinating study of the relationship between a nation and its language, as well as providing a key text for all students of modern French.
Author: Paul Metzner Publisher: Univ of California Press ISBN: 9780520206847 Size: 10.85 MB Format: PDF, Docs View: 2281
During the Age of Revolution, Paris came alive with wildly popular virtuoso performances. Whether the performers were musicians or chefs, chess players or detectives, these virtuosos transformed their technical skills into dramatic spectacles, presenting the marvelous and the outr for spellbound audiences. Who these characters were, how they attained their fame, and why Paris became the focal point of their activities is the subject of Paul Metzner's absorbing study. Covering the years 1775 to 1850, Metzner describes the careers of a handful of virtuosos: chess masters who played several games at once; a chef who sculpted hundreds of four-foot-tall architectural fantasies in sugar; the first police detective, whose memoirs inspired the invention of the detective story; a violinist who played whole pieces on a single string. He examines these virtuosos as a group in the context of the society that was then the capital of Western civilization. During the Age of Revolution, Paris came alive with wildly popular virtuoso performances. Whether the performers were musicians or chefs, chess players or detectives, these virtuosos transformed their technical skills into dramatic spectacles, presenting the marvelous and the outr for spellbound audiences. Who these characters were, how they attained their fame, and why Paris became the focal point of their activities is the subject of Paul Metzner's absorbing study. Covering the years 1775 to 1850, Metzner describes the careers of a handful of virtuosos: chess masters who played several games at once; a chef who sculpted hundreds of four-foot-tall architectural fantasies in sugar; the first police detective, whose memoirs inspired the invention of the detective story; a violinist who played whole pieces on a single string. He examines these virtuosos as a group in the context of the society that was then the capital of Western civilization.
For the first time, Massimo Introvigne proposes a general social history of Satanism and anti-Satanism, from the French Court of Louis XIV to the Satanic scares of the late 20th century, satanic themes in Black Metal music, the Church of Satan, and beyond.
Author: Christopher Knight Publisher: Random House ISBN: 1446428656 Size: 18.70 MB Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi View: 2712
Was Jesus a Freemason? The discovery of evidence of the most secret rites of Freemasonry in an ancient Egyptian tomb led authors Chris Knight and Bob Lomas into and extraordinary investigation of 4, 000 years of history. This astonishing bestseller raises questions that have challenged some of Western civilisation's most cherished beliefs: Were scrolls bearing the secret teachings of Jesus buried beneath Herod's Temple shortly before the destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman's? Did the Knights Templar, the forerunners of modern Freemasonry, excavate these scrolls in the twelfth century? And were these scrolls subsequently buried underneath a reconstruction of Herod's Temple, Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland - where they are now awaiting excavation? The authors' discoveries shed a new light on Masonic ceremony and overturn out understanding of history.
Author: Jean Louis Flandrin Publisher: CUP Archive ISBN: 9780521294492 Size: 64.94 MB Format: PDF, Mobi View: 5919
In this book, the author provides a detailed analysis of kinship, household and family relations in early modern France. He discusses the strength of kinship and family ties, the structure of households, the rights and duties of husband and wife, their authority over their children, the role of the family in education, the position of servants within the family, the attitudes and sentiments of different family members towards each other and the differences between noble and peasant families. He also deals with the changes in the patterns of sexual life that occurred in this period and investigates the beginnings of birth control in the late eighteenth century, and the possibilities or abortion and divorce. Professor Flandrin uses primarily documentary evidence from early modern France, but also draws comparisons with England in the same period, and with the medieval and modern family. His book provides a fascinating account of the intimate life of men and women in past society, and shows how that society has exerted a lasting influence on the behaviour of our contemporaries.