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Lettres à Joseph Rey (1804-1814)

Edited by Claude JOLLY, Preface by Jean TULARD

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In October 1804, Joseph Rey, a poor, self-taught friend of Stendhal, "for ever acquired to the great cause of our admirable revolution", wrote to Destutt de Tracy. This last was a senator, a member of the Institute, but especially a leader of the Ideologues, successors to the philosophers of the Enlightenment who had been, a few years earlier, the quasi-official thinkers of the Directoire and had set out the hopes of the Republic. This first letter, soon succeeded by numerous visits, gave rise to a correspondence extending over ten years of the Empire and to a lasting friendship. The letters of Destutt de Tracy to Joseph Rey do not constitute a philosophical correspondence, as do for instance the letters exchanged at the same time with Maine de Biran. On the other hand, they are an important source for understanding the life, the personality and the intellectual evolution of the author of Elements d’idéologie and Commentaire sur l’Esprit des Lois. Beyond considerations of daily life, beyond Destutt de Tracy’s involvement in his young protégé’s career as a magistrate, they throw light on the difficulty that the philosopher experienced in pursuing his work in the closely-supervised freedom of the Empire, as on the very real depression that struck him between 1807 and 1811.

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Lettres à Joseph Rey (1804-1814)

Lettres à Joseph Rey (1804-1814)

In October 1804, Joseph Rey, a poor, self-taught friend of Stendhal, "for ever acquired to the great cause of our admirable revolution", wrote to Destutt de Tracy. This last was a senator, a member of the Institute, but especially a leader of the...

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Title Lettres à Joseph Rey (1804-1814)
Edition First Edition
By (author) DESTUTT DE TRACY
Edited by Claude JOLLY
Preface by Jean TULARD
ISSN 0073-0955
Issue 82
Language Français
Publisher Librairie Droz
Title First Published 07/1/2003
 
Format Paperback/softback
ISBN-13 978-2-600-00819-8
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9782600008198
Reference no. 11-82
Publication Date 07/1/2003
Nb of pages X - 118
Dimensions 16 x 24 cm
Weight 300 gr
 
Format Paperback/softback + PDF
ISBN-13 978-2-600-20819-2
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9782600208192
Reference no. 11-82-lot
Publication Date
Nb of pages 00
Dimensions 16 x 24 cm
Weight 300 gr
 
Format PDF
ISBN-13 978-2-600-10819-5
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9782600108195
Reference no. 11-82-pdf
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