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Philosophic PrideStoicism and Political Thought from Lipsius to Rousseau$
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Christopher Brooke

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691152080

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691152080.001.0001

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The French Augustinians

The French Augustinians

(p.76) Chapter Four The French Augustinians
Philosophic Pride

Christopher Brooke

Princeton University Press

This chapter details the contemporary assault on Stoic moral psychology from the pens of the French Augustinians. The influence of the Stoic revival of the sixteenth century continued to be felt in a variety of spheres in seventeenth-century France, and gave rise to a variegated landscape which brought about several orientations toward the Stoics. The chapter considers one such orientation in particular — the nascent anti-Stoicism of the 1640s. This took on its distinctive form in the pages of Corneille Jansen's Augustinus (1640), but, as the chapter demonstrates, such an orientation was not by any means confined to narrow Jansenist circles.

Keywords:   French Augustinians, Augustinus, anti-Stoicism, Stoic moral psychology, Corneille Jansen, Jean-François Senault, Blaise Pascal, Nicolas Malebranche, François duc de La Rochefoucauld, Marcus Aurelius

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