Great Ideas: The Executioner

Author(s): Joseph de Maistre

Philosophy

Since their first publication in 1821, de Maistre's dark writings have fascinated and appalled critics, with their relentless hatred of the Enlightenment and view of humans as murderous beasts who can only be controlled by the threat of overwhelming punishment. Terrifying and bizarre, "The Executioner" is a meditation on human evil like no other. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.

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Joseph-Marie, comte de Maistre (1753 - 1821) was a lawyer, diplomat, writer, and philosopher.

General Fields

  • : 9780141191638
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : Penguin Classics
  • : November 2009
  • : 181mm X 111mm X 8mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Joseph de Maistre
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 194
  • : 144
  • : Modern Western philosophy, c 1600 to the present