Pierre Nicole, Jansenist and Humanist

A Study of His Thought

  • E. D. James

Part of the International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARMI, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

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      Pages 1-5
  3. Grace, Freedom and Power

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      Pages 7-21
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      Pages 22-31
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      Pages 32-44
  4. Apologetic

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      Pages 45-52
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      Pages 53-57
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      Pages 58-63
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      Pages 68-73
  5. The Problem of Mysticism

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      Pages 75-81
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      Pages 82-89
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      Pages 90-97
  6. Moral Doctrines

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      Pages 99-107
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      Pages 108-115
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      Pages 116-131
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      Pages 132-135
  7. Social and Political Theory

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      Pages 137-147
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      Pages 148-161
  8. Conclusion

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      Pages 163-174
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 175-191

About this book


The present study had its origins long ago in a doctorate thesis presented at the University of Cambridge. The work has been considerably enlarged in scope, if not in bulk, but has always been conceived as a whole. Nicole's thought is, in any case, remarkably coherent. I make use of articles of mine published in French Studies for April 1960 and July 1967, and my thanks are due to the General Editor of that journal for permission to do so. lowe a great debt of gratitude to Dr M. G. Wallas, who guided my researches in the early years. The penetration and lucidity of her criticism were equalled only by her kindness and patience. To Mr N. J. Abercrom­ bie, who had himself worked on Nicole for a number of years, I am deeply grateful for the gift of books, notes and analyses. Probably every section of this study owes something to his work, hints of the importance of the influence on Nicole of St Fran~ois de Sales proving particularly fruitful. One of the most pleasant moments in the course of my researches was spent at the Rijksarchief in Utrecht, to the staff of which, and to Dr AJ. van de Yen, Keeper of the Archives of the Oud-Bisschoppelijke Clerezij, I am much indebted for their kind help. May 1971 E. D. J.


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Authors and affiliations

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1972
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-90-247-1282-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-2784-7
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