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A Letter to Dion

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Published: 1732
Language: English
Wordcount: 25,474 / 81 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 45.5
LoC Category: B
Downloads: 475
Added to site: 2009.07.22
mnybks.net#: 24774
Genre: Philosophy

A reply to Bishop Berkeley's Alciphron; or, The minute philosopher.

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uld be shown, I believe, that Mandeville was also indebted greatly, both indirectly through Bayle and directly, to the Jansenist, Pierre Nicole, and that Mandeville's rigorism was a gross distortion of, while Bayle's was essentially faithful to, Nicole's system.[16] Nicole insisted that "true virtue" in the rigorist sense was necessary for salvation, but at the same time expounded the usefulness for society of behavior which theologically was "sinful." But it was the "sinful" behavior of honnêtes hommes, of citizens conforming to the prevalent moral standards of their class, not of rogues and rascals, which Nicole conceded to be socially useful.[17] Mandeville, on the other hand, not only lumped the respectable citizens with the rogues and rascals, but it was the usefulness for society of the vices of the rogues and rascals more than--and rather than--those of honest and respectable citizens which he emphasized. In the flourishing hive, prior to its reform, there were:

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