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Madame de Maintenon

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780226502410

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226502403.001.0001

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Addresses to Students

Addresses to Students

(p.77) Addresses to Students
Dialogues and Addresses
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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

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