Intolérance religieuse et «esprit de vertige». La Lettre LXXXIII des Lettres persanes et l’invention d’un nouveau paradigme

Stéphane Pujol

Abstract


This article analyzes a particular and circumstantial definition of spirit Montesquieu proposes in his Lettres persanes. In Letter LXXXIII Montesquieu discusses an “esprit de vertige”. He presents it as a sort of counter-definition that allows one to characterize the constant effects of an evil spirit. Montesquieu ultimately wishes this concept to be a subversive means of identifying fanaticism. 


Keywords


Enlightenment; Montesquieu; Persian Letters; Spirit; Fanaticism

Full Text:

PDF


DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13128/ds-20626

Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY- 4.0)

 
Firenze University Press
Via Cittadella, 7 - 50144 Firenze
Tel. (0039) 055 2757700 Fax (0039) 055 2757712
E-mail: info@fupress.com