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St Petersburg Dialogues

Or Conversations on the Temporal Government of Providence
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    作者(群): De Maistre, Joseph
    譯者: Lebrun, Richard A
    出版社: McGill-Queen’s University Press
    ISBN: 9780773559448
    出版年份: 2020
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  • 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.

Contents

Preface
Introduction
Chronology
Critical Bibliography
A Note on the Text

The ST PETERSBURG DIALOGUES

First Dialogue
Second Dialogue
Third Dialogue
Fourth Dialogue
Fifth Dialogue
Sixth Dialogue
Seventh Dialogue
Eighth Dialogue
Ninth Dialogue
Tenth Dialogue
Eleventh Dialogue
Sketch of a final Dialogue

ELUCIDATION ON SACRIFICES

1 On Sacrifices in General

2. Of Human Sacrifices

3. The Christian Theory of Sacrifices

Index