By Georges Dumézil

Dès le début du XIXe siècle, les commentateurs de Nostradamus ont signalé, dans le 20e quatrain de l. a. IXe Centurie, un faisceau de détails précis qui paraît annoncer los angeles fuite et l'arrestation de Louis XVI : «de nuit», un personnage « en gris » «viendra dedans Varennes» et, aussitôt après, dans le dernier vers, un «élu cap reason tempête, feu, sang, tranche» – le tranche étant un couperet. Mais les autres détails sont inexpliqués : pourquoi le personnage en query est-il appelé «le moine noir»? Pourquoi vient-il «par l. a. forêt de Reines» ? Et que signifie le deuxième vers, sans syntaxe : « Deux components, vaultorte, Herne, l. a. pierre blanche» ? À partir de ces données, l'auteur suggest trois jeux. Un puzzle : l'étude philologique et historique du texte permet-elle d'éclairer toutes ces énigmes, sans résidu, par les circonstances du «drame de Varennes»? Un jeu logique : si l'on admet que, au milieu du XVIe siècle, Nostradamus a «vu» l'événement de 1791, quels sont les caractères distinctifs de cette connaissance, les mécanismes de cette pensée, qui diffère à los angeles fois de los angeles pensée onirique et de l. a. pensée réfléchie? Un jeu métaphysique enfin : remark concevoir les moyens de cette connaissance ?

À los angeles fin du Phédon, Socrate, achevant de mourir, prononce onze mots très simples qui signifient : «Criton, nous devons un coq à Asklépios. Payez los angeles dette et n'oubliez pas.» Aucune exégèse satisfaisante n'a été proposée. los angeles plus usuelle est celle que Lamartine a mise en vers :

«Aux dieux libérateurs, dit-il, qu'on sacrifie!
Ils m'ont guéri! – De quoi? dit Cébès. – De los angeles vie!»

Toute l'existence, tout l'enseignement de Socrate protestent contre cette interprétation. Qu'a-t-il voulu dire ?


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The Moral Foundations of Social Institutions: A Philosophical Study

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After the tumult of the decade -- a preemptive warfare in Iraq, a large-scale humanitarian predicament in Darfur, the worldwide cave in of economic markets, and heated political tensions inside of person nations like Iran, Thailand and the U.S. -- Seumas Miller's the ethical Foundations of Social associations: A Philosophical examine (MFSI) deals a well timed and thorough reaction to the query: what should still our social associations be and do?

Taken as a complete, Miller's complete normative conception of social associations is undeniably useful, either in its readiness to be marshaled to diagnose and enhance our present associations, and its skill to ahead modern debates in utilized social philosophy. It makes a weighty contribution to ongoing inquiry into how participation in complicated social structures affects the character and content material of our person ethical responsibilities. however it does this with no overstating the ontology of those structures. Miller recognizes that the which means and results of our activities can't be understood with no realizing the actual collectives during which these activities are authored. however, in accordance with him, the reins of corporation nonetheless and regularly lie within the fingers of individuals.

The booklet is split into sections. within the first part, Miller lays out his basic idea; within the moment part, he makes use of this thought to judge, and the place acceptable, criticize modern associations, together with the media, universities, monetary businesses, and the govt as a meta-institution.

The theoretical 1/2 MFSI attracts on Miller's formerly released paintings within the components of collective motion conception and ethical accountability. He calls his concept a teleological, individualist, normative conception of social associations. it's 'teleological' within the experience that it takes social associations to be demarcated and in part outlined by way of the collective ends they serve. it truly is 'individualist' within the feel that it rejects the concept that associations are collective brokers, insisting as an alternative that associations are not anything over and above contributors and the relationships among these members. protecting this declare, Miller attends to how ethical brokers can separately carry results in this type of method that they thereby carry, together, a collective finish, and the way institutional roles and mechanisms bind teams of people into associations. the place acceptable, he deals convincing responses to those that protect sorts of collectivism. ultimately, Miller's conception is a 'normative' idea of social associations simply because, he contends, the collective ends that delineate numerous social associations should be collective items (or to serve collective goods).

Taking a normative stance that's refreshingly pluralistic, Miller keeps that those collective items are a number of, and can't be captured via a unmarried monistic idea of worth. He explores the plural ethical foundations of associations in bankruptcy 2, which come with aggregated needs-based rights and joint ethical rights, e. g. , to lifestyles and to autonomy. He additionally highlights how social associations have a normative measurement created from rights and tasks that come up in basic terms next to associations. In Chapters three, four and five, he investigates the techniques of person autonomy, collective accountability, and corruption in mild of his account. whereas those sections of the booklet show the outstanding achieve of Miller's conception and additional make clear the stakes of his view, now not all the arguments are conclusive.

Chapter four makes an attempt to explicate the connection among institutional and person ethical legal responsibility and accountability. To this finish, a part of the bankruptcy is dedicated to recapitulating and increasing a previous debate with David Copp. On Copp's collectivist belief of ethical accountability, an establishment may have a given legal responsibility or accountability whether none of the institution's constituent individuals has an analogous legal responsibility or accountability. In a 2007 paper, Copp makes use of a chain of circumstances to demonstrate the potential for such collective institutional accountability. [1] Miller examines every one of those circumstances in flip and, drawing at the assets built in earlier chapters, unearths flaws in each one (pp. 142-153). yet now not all of those circumstances pop out basically in Miller's favor.

For instance, Miller examines Copp's case of a primary minister (PM) who has to come to a decision no matter if to liberate a political prisoner with a view to store his personal lifestyles. Copp takes this to be a case during which the govt. can't be excused from its ethical legal responsibility to chorus from liberating the prisoner, however the PM might be excused from his ethical legal responsibility to chorus from liberating the prisoner. Miller concurs with this, yet argues that this situation doesn't truly help Copp's thesis. He claims that no matter if the PM is rightly excused for liberating the prisoner, "qua PM, [he] has . . . exactly the similar all issues thought of ethical legal responsibility [as the govt] . . . to not unencumber the prisoner" (p. 146).

I locate this argument complicated since it looks to hinge on using the idea that of an all issues thought of (ATC) ethical legal responsibility to an agent-qua-institutional-role. in fact ethical responsibilities can connect to an individual-qua-role. yet can ATC ethical tasks connect to individuals-qua-role? also, and this fear applies to Miller and Copp both, the declare that the PM is rightly excused from blame for failing to meet his ATC responsibilities is volatile. Failure to meet specific responsibilities can definitely be excused in mild of ATC responsibilities, yet in mild of what are disasters to satisfy ATC responsibilities supposedly excused?

In this example, Copp and Miller seem to think that the PM's worry for his lifestyles is a justifying excuse. Importantly, the PM's worry (not the ATC weight of the PM's existence) is doing the justificatory paintings right here. but when we excuse the PM simply because he was once conquer with worry, we're excusing him simply because at that second his ability for rational enterprise (understandably) failed him. yet then we needs to ask, in what experience does a person with a compromised means for rational organisation have tasks? additionally, can a central authority, like someone, be conquer with worry? if that is so, will the govt. equally be quickly excused from its duties? Answering those questions is difficult. yet as the ethical responsibilities of associations and their part everyone is exactly the factor the following, one needs for extra readability in those matters.

In bankruptcy five, Miller's conceptual research of institutional corruption breaks new and promising floor. so that it will demarcate institutional corruption properly from a extra common category of immoral activities, he entertains 5 intuitive hypotheses in regards to the nature of institutional corruption, concluding that purely 3 are actual. From this research, he builds an account of the required and enough stipulations for institutional corruption. This dialogue either clarifies his teleological, individualist account of social associations and units him up for later utilized discussions. The ensuing research has a lot to suggest it.

However, right here back the arguments usually are not completely conclusive. for example, Miller considers the case of a citizen who breaks right into a neighborhood election place of work and falsifies the electoral function to help his favourite candidate (p. 169). Miller judges this to be a case of corruption and treats it as a counterexample to Dennis Thompson's declare that political corruption inevitably comprises an abuse of public workplace. [2] yet readers won't proportion Miller's instinct that this situation includes corruption, now not even after Miller has reminded the reader that voters carry institutional roles qua electorate. i'm susceptible to disclaim that this example contains corruption accurately simply because corruption frequently (or might be inevitably) includes an abuse of institutionally granted privilege, notwithstanding now not inevitably an abuse of workplace. in reality, Miller's account of corruption can be incomplete accurately for failing to incorporate abuse of privilege as a on corruption. extra situations and significant mirrored image are had to settle the problem. Miller's approaching paintings on institutional corruption can assist in this front.

Because the 1st half the e-book is fascinated by tricky conceptual mapping and research, and since it isn't consistently transparent to what finish those differences are being made, it really is, every now and then, tedious to learn. however the significance of this cautious research is later vindicated while Miller places it to paintings comparing particular modern social associations. He considers particularly the professions (Chapter 6), welfare associations (Chapter 7), universities (Chapter 8), the police (Chapter 9), company agencies together with media companies and fiscal organizations (Chapter 10), info and communications firms (Chapter 11), and the govt (Chapter 12). Miller has crafted those chapters so they could have stand-alone price to somebody drawn to the actual associations in query. i think of those discussions are relatively very important for audiences past philosophers.

Chapter eight addresses the troubling ways that fiscal and political pressures are presently reshaping universities. through delivering a lucid imaginative and prescient of the needs of the college, Miller pinpoints precisely why those adjustments are troubling. Drawing on either Mill's belief of unfastened inquiry as an important ability to wisdom and Kant's notion of loose inquiry as a primary ethical correct, he keeps that the correct function of the college is twofold: to institutionalize the pursuit of data and to embrace the best to unfastened highbrow inquiry (p. 236). From the following, he argues that sure rights, such a lot particularly the autonomy of students, are valuable -- although now not enough -- stipulations for the achievement of those institutional ends, thereby explaining the ideal mistaken that happens once they are compromised within the identify of profitability or overburdened by way of bureaucracy.

Beyond protecting the rights linked to the position of pupil, Miller additionally insists it really is attended through important tasks. for example, students have an obligation to maintain abreast of labor being performed of their fields. and students who've misplaced the capacities required to have interaction in rigorous loose inquiry are morally obligated to renounce from their positions. even though Miller by no means explicitly addresses the common phenomenon of grade inflation and the burgeoning of "grade 13"[3] matters now plaguing associations of upper schooling, his articulation of the obligation to transmit highbrow talents can be utilized to rebuke professors and directors who give a contribution to those tendencies. more often than not, all these concerned with better schooling will reap the benefits of Miller's severe mirrored image at the college as a social institution.

In bankruptcy 10, Miller turns his consciousness towards sleek media agencies. operating from the idea that the collective finish of media corporations (whether inner most or public) is public verbal exchange within the carrier of the general public curiosity, Miller argues successfully that modern media shops, which basically "provide leisure and make earnings for corporations" (p. 283), are falling wanting their ethical duties.

In a similar bankruptcy, that is dedicated often to enterprise organizations, Miller additionally makes an attempt to diagnose the shortcomings of, and capability treatments for, the monetary prone quarter. Miller lays out the actual demanding situations fascinated about clarifying the collective ends of industrial organisations after which proceeds to argue that the pursuit of revenue is correctly taken care of purely as a proximate finish that serves, without delay or ultimately, collective items. He writes, "To declare that the final word objective of the establishment of the fashionable company . . . is just and basically to maximise gains [is to] confuse proximate with final purposes" (p. 292).

Miller's instrumentalist view of firms and markets units him opposed to those that reject the concept markets might be regulated or differently engineered within the identify of collective items. He calls those competitors "market fundamentalists. "[4] simply because marketplace fundamentalism in numerous kinds and levels is well known, it really is worthy pointing out how Miller's arguments either be triumphant and fail by contrast view. to begin, we needs to word that there are certain kinds of industry fundamentalists opposed to whom Miller will be arguing, which he himself doesn't in actual fact distinguish -- particularly, (1) those that aid unfastened markets simply because they think that the 'invisible hand' of the loose marketplace is extra effective than engineered markets at supplying collective items, and (2) those that help unfastened markets simply because they think that loose markets are morally enhanced to engineered markets whether they're extra effective at supplying collective items. Miller successfully dismisses type-1 fundamentalism early his publication, noting that it's easily an empirical truth even if and below which conditions unfastened markets bring collective items, and insisting that "the a lot vaunted invisible hand of markets be made to convey on its gives you, together with when it comes to applicable incentive constructions which are regulated into existence" (p. 63).

But this doesn't solution the second one kind of industry fundamentalism, and the following, Miller's declare that marketplace fundamentalists 'confuse' proximate with final ends undersells his opponent. For the type-2 fundamentalist, maximizing revenue is the main simply goal for firms (respecting the limits of ethical legal responsibility) accurately since it permits participants inside of these associations to make a decision even if and the way their exertions contributes to collective items. this is often very important simply because contributing to collective items is, in lots of circumstances, basically morally supererogatory, instead of compulsory. Forcing humans to exertions towards supererogatory ends is unjust. So, for type-2 fundamentalists, if the invisible hand fails to supply those supererogatory collective items, this can be an unlucky facet impact of justice, no longer a cause to desert the system.

There are certainly confusions inside of this sort of fundamentalism, and one needs Miller had leveraged his many assets to successfully divulge these confusions. yet he has no longer. additional, it can be crucial if you happen to desire to wrestle industry fundamentalism to acknowledge that type-2 fundamentalism doesn't easily confuse proximate ends (profit) with final ends (collective goods). fairly type-2 fundamentalists be aware of that their competitors are looking to 'channel' their profit-making actions towards collective items, yet keep that revenue maximization makes a extra simply final finish for firms than any specific prescribed collective good(s). hence, to respond to those fundamentalists, Miller wishes an issue that assaults that worth declare at once. [5]

Nevertheless, Miller's dialogue of the monetary providers zone bargains a helpful perception -- specifically, that the inability of a coherent and guiding institutional function is itself a resource of destabilization within the company international. simply because his personal competing imaginative and prescient of markets -- within which they play an important instrumental position in delivering key collective items -- is intuitively beautiful, it basically leaves the ball within the fundamentalist's court.

In truth, this final aspect may be generalized to Miller's thought as a complete. With this publication, he implores us to think about how far better issues can be if all of us -- and particularly, if humans in key institutional roles of energy -- stopped to take care of the needs of our associations and the alternatives we make inside them. The mere threat of social associations as Miller envisions them adjustments the normative panorama. during this experience, the publication not just deals a strong basic thought and good deal of fodder for modern philosophical debates, it additionally serves as a version for a way cautious philosophical inquiry permits us to higher comprehend who we will be able to and may be.

[1] David Copp. 2007. "The Collective ethical Autonomy Thesis". magazine of Social Philosophy 38, no. three: 369-388.

[2] Dennis Thompson. 1995. Ethics in Congress: From person to Institutional Corruption. Washington D. C. : Brookings Institute. (p. 25)

[3] David M. Perry and Kathleen E. Kennedy. December thirteen, 2009. "Teaching 'Grade 13'". The Chronicle of upper schooling. online at http://chronicle. com/article/Teaching-Grade-13/49400/

[4] Miller attributes this time period to George Soros, for instance in George Soros. 2008. the hot Paradigm for monetary Markets: The credits quandary of 2008 and What It skill. manhattan: Perseus Books.

[5] it's worthy noting that Miller does, at an past aspect within the booklet, supply one such argument (pp. 61-63). yet this argument hinges on intuitions that type-2 fundamentalists may well quite reject.

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Espopondie : « piation » dans IX 46 6, « viendra » dans I 88 c, « porte » dans V 60 b. Je m’occupai plus longuement ensuite des quelques problèmes de sens que pose le quatrain 20. Et d’abord le quatrième vers. Je vérifiai l’exactitude de ce que M. ) » comme équivalent de « chef » et non comme abréviation de « Cap(et) » ; et aussi pour refuser de tra­ duire « esleu » qui a le sens très précis d’« élu person­ nel », par « constitutionnel », puisque la Constitution, loin d’« élire » Louis XVI, se bornait à constater que la dynastie capétienne régnait et demandait simplement, au seizième Louis, d’accepter certaines limitations à son pouvoir.

VI 89 b : de miel face oint (= su r la face). VIII 8 d : Dedans Turin rapt épouse emmener (= p a r rapt), etc. Enfin je réfléchis, ou rêvai, sur la proposition finale, le « Herne » du second vers. Je ne pus rien ajouter et le H initial, au lieu du F que semble requérir l’explication, continua à me gêner. Que le lecteur se rassure : cette philologie est terminée. Les deux soirs qui suivirent, M. Espopondie et moi revîn­ mes à notre tâche quotidienne : par un accord tacite, nous avions mis Nostradamus en réserve.

Espopondie avait écrite et complétée sur son exemplaire. L e p a r t so lu z (m a r y sera m itr é ), R etou r. C o n fie t p a s s e r a su r le th u ille P a r cinq cens. Un tr a h y r sera tiltr é N arbon e t S aulce p a r *co u tea u x *avons d 'hu ille. — De « conflict » à « Saulce », les deux phrases sont claires, dit M. Espopondie. « Conflict », dans les C e n tu ­ r ie s , est un synonyme fréquent de « guerre » au sens politique et diplomatique, mais aussi de « bataille », avec sa violence matérielle ; le mot convient à ce qui s’est passé, avec fusils et canons, aux Tuileries, pendant les émeutes de 1792.

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