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AuthorJames, E. D. author
TitlePierre Nicole, Jansenist and Humanist [electronic resource] : A Study of His Thought / by E. D. James
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1972
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Descript 198 p. online resource


The present study had its origins long ago in a doctorate thesis presented at the University of Cambridge. The work has been considerably enlarged in scope, if not in bulk, but has always been conceived as a whole. Nicole's thought is, in any case, remarkably coherent. I make use of articles of mine published in French Studies for April 1960 and July 1967, and my thanks are due to the General Editor of that journal for permission to do so. lowe a great debt of gratitude to Dr M. G. Wallas, who guided my researches in the early years. The penetration and lucidity of her criticism were equalled only by her kindness and patience. To Mr N. J. Abercromยญ bie, who had himself worked on Nicole for a number of years, I am deeply grateful for the gift of books, notes and analyses. Probably every section of this study owes something to his work, hints of the importance of the influence on Nicole of St Franõis de Sales proving particularly fruitful. One of the most pleasant moments in the course of my researches was spent at the Rijksarchief in Utrecht, to the staff of which, and to Dr AJ. van de Yen, Keeper of the Archives of the Oud-Bisschoppelijke Clerezij, I am much indebted for their kind help. May 1971 E. D. J


1 - Grace, Freedom and Power -- Ch. 1 The Argument for General Grace -- Ch. 2 Natural Powers and Adamโ{128}{153}s Grace -- Ch. 3 Illumination and Unconscious Thoughts -- 2 - Apologetic -- Ch. 1 The Errors of Pagan Philosophy -- Ch. 2 The Immortality of the Soul -- Ch. 3 The Existence of God. Nicole and Pascal -- Ch. 4 The Existence of God. Nicole and Descartes -- Ch. 5 Miracles. Conclusion -- 3 - The Problem of Mysticism -- Ch. 1 Method in Prayer -- Ch. 2 Forms of Contemplation -- Ch. 3 Sรฉcheresse and abandon -- 4 - Moral Doctrines -- Ch. 1 Faith and Works -- Ch. 2 The two Loves -- Ch. 3 โ{128}{152}Know Thyselfโ{128}{153} -- Ch. 4 Conclusion - Reason and the Good Life -- 5 - Social and Political Theory -- Ch. 1 The Moral Basis of Authority -- Ch. 2 The Moral Basis of Society and its Laws -- Conclusion -- Appendix The Authorship of la logique

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