By Igal Halfin
This paintings examines the position of language in forging the fashionable topic. concentrating on the assumption of the ''New Man'' that has lively all revolutionaries, the current quantity asks what it intended to outline oneself when it comes to one's type origins, gender, nationwide belonging or racial origins.
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73–4. 36. Norton, 1994), pp. 26–36; and Ted W. Margadant, Urban Rivalries in the French Revolution (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1992), pp. 84–140. 37. Montesquieu’s original discussion of ‘virtue’ as the animating principle of the republican or ‘democratic’ form of government occurs in The Spirit of the Laws, Vol. 1, Book 3, Section 3 (pp. 20–2 of the Hafner edition, New York, 1949). Rousseau’s discussion can be found in The Social Contract, Books II and IV, and the association of General Will and virtue is clarified by his Discourse on Political Economy, which originally appeared in the Encyclopedic of the 1750s (pp.
On the operation of the human mind, however, only reason stood out as providing causes. This clarity, amidst scientific disorder, only reinforced the conviction that political or social evils were the product of evil designs. Thus the plot-paranoia of the late eighteenth century extended in several directions. First, it targeted those who already had, or who openly sought, power, on the assumption that such positions and projects automatically involved manipulation. Second, it enveloped the sphere of what we might call coincidence and socio-economic circumstance, rejecting either mode of behavior decisively in favor of conspiratorial explanations.
On suicide in particular, see his Death in Paris; The Records of the Basse-Geôle de la Seine, October 1795-September 1801, Vendémiaire Year IV-Fructidor Year IX (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1978). 16. ) The Rise and Fall of the French Revolution (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1996), pp. 90–110. 17. See Daniel Gordon, ‘Philosophy, Sociology and Gender in the Enlightenment Conception of Public Opinion’, French Historical Studies 17 (1992), pp. 882–911. 18. See Sarah Maza, Private Lives and Public Affairs: The Causes Célèbres of Prerevolutionary France (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1993).