10. “The Monstrous Centaur”? Joseph De Maistre on Reason, Passion, and Violence

  1. Sarah Coakley
  1. Douglas Hedley

Published Online: 16 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118321997.ch10

Faith, Rationality, and the Passions

Faith, Rationality, and the Passions

How to Cite

Hedley, D. (2012) “The Monstrous Centaur”? Joseph De Maistre on Reason, Passion, and Violence, in Faith, Rationality, and the Passions (ed S. Coakley), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118321997.ch10

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 10 SEP 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444361933

Online ISBN: 9781118321997

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Keywords:

  • “The Monstrous Centaur” Joseph De Maistre on reason/passion/violence;
  • Maistre developing his Soirées de St Pétersbourg Platonic dialogue, a theodicy;
  • Voltaire and the ambivalence of violence;
  • Voltaire presenting Christianity, as not just false but immoral;
  • desires, impulses, and appetites in an asymmetrical relationship with reason;
  • making desires, the object of deliberation;
  • Origen Redivivus, traditional dichotomy of rational self/its passions;
  • Origen's treatise On Principles;
  • Maistre seeing Empiricism, a sensualistic epistemology;
  • “Know Thyself” for Plato, Aristotle meaning “Know thy Divine self”

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Voltaire and the Ambivalence of Violence

  • Religion and Sacrifice

  • Reason and Passions

  • Origen Redivivus