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Des effets politiques de la musique : Montesquieu, les Grecs et l’éducation libérale des Modernes

Abstract : Highlights the political design underlying Montesquieu’s analysis of lese majesty. The increasing use of this judicial category has been historically associated with the rise of absolutist power and the attempt, by the king, to stifle freedom of expression. Used as a means to repress not only acts, but also thoughts and subversive writings, this charge became a political weapon. Intending to restrict the scope of the charge (to proved but not suspected acts, nor speeches nor intentions), Montesquieu certainly stands for the nobility, particularly affected by this despotic device. But he also substitutes to the cry for sovereign’s majesty another motto: « Society must be defended ».
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Céline Spector. Des effets politiques de la musique : Montesquieu, les Grecs et l’éducation libérale des Modernes. Lumières, Presses universitaires de Bordeaux, 2012, pp.55-72. ⟨hal-02475964⟩

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