Addresses to Students

in Dialogues and Addresses

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780226502410
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226502403 | DOI:
Addresses to Students

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This chapter illustrates the fact that in the classrooms at Saint-Cyr, Maintenon's addresses to students are interviews in which Maintenon poses and fields questions on moral issues. Like her dramatic dialogues, the addresses often clarify virtues that the pupils must pursue: justice, courage, temperance, and glory. The intellectual virtues hold a comparatively minor place in the Maintenonian universe. Wisdom is more a type of prudence than of intellectual prowess.

Keywords: classrooms; Saint-Cyr; moral issues; justice; courage; temperance; glory; wisdom; intellectual virtues

Chapter.  26761 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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