Bertrand Binoche

Metamorphoses of Honor during the Enlightenment

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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.


  • Honor
  • Emulation
  • Recognition/Acknowledgment
  • Hobbes
  • Mandeville
  • Montesquieu
  • Rousseau


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