Antoine Pecquet wrote in the eighteenth century during the reign of Louis XV. Although he included Pascal among those he admired, he considered Alexander Pope his true mentor. In Part 1 of Diverse Thoughts on Man, Pecquet reflects on Man's responsibilities as an individual: in Part 2, on Man's responsibilities as a member of society. Among these responsibilities he includes human and social concerns, such as parental and filial obligations, and the transfer of wealth between generations. In the tradition of Montaigne, Pecquet intended his Diverse Thoughts on Man to help his readers learn more about themselves. Although he felt that those who would profit most from his book were readers who had not greatly pondered about themselves, he believed that every reader could find something of value in it.
|Publisher:||Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated|
|Series:||Age of Revolution and Romanticism Series: Interdisciplinary Studies , #27|
About the Author
The Translators: Murray D. Sirkis is Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at Arizona State University in Tempe. He has a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Aleksandra Gruzinska is Assistant Professor of French in the Department of Languages and Literatures at Arizona State University in Tempe. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Ph.D. in French from Penn State University. She has authored scholarly articles on George Sand, Octave Mirbeau, and E.M. Cioran.
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This is a competent, readable translation of a significant eighteenth-century text.
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