Memoirs and History: Saint-Simon

  • Gabriel Motzkin
Part of the Philosophical Studies in Contemporary Culture book series (PSCC, volume 1)


In these chapters I will apply the above theses to the analysis of two texts stemming from the period around 1700. The first is the introduction to the memoirs of the Duc de Saint-Simon. The second is a tractate about the best way to study history , entitled Méthode pour étudier l’ histoire, by Lenglet du Fresnoy.


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  1. 1.
    Friedrich Meinecke, Die Entstehung des Historismus (München und Berlin: R. Oldenbourg, 1936). Reinhart Koselleck, Vergangene Zukunft, op. cit.Google Scholar
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    Louis de Rouvroy, Duc de Saint-Simon, Memoires (Paris: Gallimard, 1983), v. I (1691-1701).Google Scholar
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    César Vichard de Saint-Réal, De l’ usage de l’ histoire (Paris: C. Burbin et E. Michallet, 1671). Edition referred to: (Amsterdam: François l’Honore et Fils, 1740), Discours II: “Que la Malignite est le plus souvent le Motif de nos Sentiments et de nos Actions.” p. 16.Google Scholar
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    Saint-Simon, Memoires, op. cit., p. 17.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabriel Motzkin
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  1. 1.The Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael

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