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Bonnot of Mably/Collection Fully of Writings Full 15/15 on III (1794)
1794. Condition: Very good. [FRENCH LITERATURE XVIII - HISTORY - PHILOSOPHY] - ABBE DE MABLY 1709-1785 Gabriel Bonnot de Mably Philosopher, politician, writer Father Gabriel Bonnot de Mably, born 14 in Grenoble on Mars 1709 and died in Paris on April 2, 1785, is a French philosopher. Biography Coming from a family of parliamentary nobility, Father Mably is the brother of Condillac, also a philosopher. Mably denounces "legal despotism" and also criticizes the English political system, which according to him, subordinates the legislative power to the executive power. He was canon of the Île Barbé abbey church. Doctrine Precursor of Utopian Socialism and the Revolution, he engages in moral criticism of the Old Regime society, stating that the unequal conditions and private property are the cause of society's ills. He sees in common property and equality, less a means of achieving happiness than a means to reach virtue (Observations on the history of France, 1765; Of the legislation or Principles of the laws, 1776). He admires ancient societies, a model of frugality and virtue, like Sparta, and chooses the virtuous and ascetic Phocion as the model of his virtuous society (Interviews of Phocion on the relationship between morality and politics, 1763). His early career in the service of Cardinal Tencin when he was Minister of Foreign Affairs allowed him to exercise all his talent because the latter was completely unfit for political office. It was Mably who wrote notes, advice and reports, and he was even charged, in 1743, with negotiating with the Prussian ambassador a treaty ag … [Click Below for Full Description]
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