This study focuses on the idea of virtue and its place in political thought in 18th century France. Virtue could be used to impart moral authority to arguments about political power. The development of this strategic idea is traced through the works ...
of key Enlightenment thinkers. There is also consideration of the ways in which numerous popular writers of the day, including clerics, eulogists, journalists, novelists and lawyers, employed the idea of virtue in polemical discussions in their writings.
Number of pages: 272
Date of publication: 05/10/2001
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