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By François de La Rochefoucauld

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This is the fullest choice of los angeles Rochefoucauld's writings ever released in English, and comprises the 1st whole translation of the Miscellaneous Reflections. A desk of different maxim numbers and an index of issues aid the reader to find any maxim speedy. - ;'Our virtues are, normally, purely vices in disguise.'

Deceptively short and insidiously effortless to learn, los angeles Rochefoucauld's clever, unflattering analyses of human behaviour have inspired writers, thinkers, and public figures as a number of as Voltaire, Proust, de

Gaulle, Nietzsche, and Conan Doyle. the writer gave himself the following pointers: 'The reader's top coverage is to imagine that none of those maxims is directed at him, and that he's the only exception...After that, I ensure that he'll be the 1st to sign up for them.'

This is the fullest selection of los angeles Rochefoucauld's writings ever released in English, and comprises the 1st entire translation of the R--eacute--;flexions diverses (Miscellaneous Reflections). A desk of other maxim numbers and an index of subject matters aid the reader to find any maxim quick and to understand the entire diversity of los angeles Rochefoucauld's idea on any of his favorite issues, reminiscent of self-love, vice and advantage, love and jealousy, friendship and self-interest,

passion and delight. - ;This tremendous booklet of los angeles Rouchefoucauld's seminal 'Maxims' combines the erudition and comprehensiveness of a scholarly variation with the welcoming accessibility of a first class textbook. - Kevin De Ornellas, collage of Ulster

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12 But Norman Kemp Smith and others have denied that Hume was an exponent of the mere ‘uniformity’ view. 13 Brown asserted that ‘cause’ and ‘power’ simply meant invariable antecedence; whereas Hume’s point was that, however hard we looked for causal power, all we perceived was invariable antecedence. Although Brown’s philosophical writings on cause and effect preceded by three decades the creation of the philosophie positive by Auguste Comte, it was certainly the case that later British thinkers sympathetic to positivism (including Buckle and Mill) saw in Brown an able thinker who could be posthumously recruited to their cause.

On 7 January 1797, two days before his nineteenth birthday, Brown was one of a group of Edinburgh students who met to found a philosophical club called the Academy of Physics. The driving force behind the society was Henry Brougham, who would go on to become Lord Chancellor. Other founder members included Brown’s good friends John Leyden, William Erskine, and James Reddie. Francis Horner and Francis Jeffrey (later the first editor of the Edinburgh Review) subsequently joined too. Five to ten students would be present at each meeting to hear and discuss a paper on a subject in physics, chemistry, philosophy, or history.

Brown seems to have been alone in thinking his time and talents equally well used in composing poetry as in writing and teaching metaphysics. Cockburn recalled that ‘His friend Dr Gregory described his poetry as too philosophical, and his philosophy as too poetical’ (Cockburn 1909: 347). Welsh recorded, similarly, that there was increasing consternation during the later years of Brown’s life about the frequency with which he published new poetical works and the amount of time he spent on these at the expense of philosophy (Welsh 1825: 393–4).

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