Bertrand Binoche

Metamorphoses of Honor during the Enlightenment

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Keywords: Honor; Emulation; Recognition/Acknowledgment; Hobbes; Mandeville; Montesquieu; Rousseau.

The following pages will analyze the polemical redefining of honor carried out in the wake of the feudal system. Preserving it from a commerce-driven order by making it a principal of monarchy (Montesquieu), reinterpreting it as «emulation» in a republican perspective (Rousseau) or desubstantiating it and making it the mere name for that which is valued by «opinion» (Hobbes, Mandeville): these three major strategies are made apparent hereafter.

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