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  • David Oliver D.

    The quote plays on the word "free."

    Man is not "free" from temptation, which is more spiritual and existential, and, consequently, more to Stenhal's point. In this context, it is closer to Oscar Wilde's "The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it."

    In this way, "man is not free to refuse..."

    But man is "free" (politically in this country, and willfully) to choose pleasures as is allotted him, and thus, deductively, should choose them. Alas, man will invariably choose that which brings him the most pleasure, as pleasurable things are reasoned as rational (lest we question the profit happiness, and the tenets of pleasure and pain).

    March 2, 2013

  • Cheryl

    For those interested in a "heady discussion" I propose the following:

    Stendhal: « L'homme n'est pas libre de ne pas faire ce qui lui fait plus de plaisir que toutes les autres actions possibles. »

    Commonly accepted translation: Man is not free to refuse to do the thing which gives him more pleasure than any other conceivable action.

    Is Stendhal's a flawed statement, or is this a flawed translation?

    March 1, 2013

  • Silvia

    Sorry, won't be able to be there tomorrow. Hope to see you some other time.

    March 1, 2013

  • Ella

    Will be unable to attend this time! A bientot!

    February 28, 2013

  • Jim M.

    Je regrette que je ne peux pas assister.

    February 27, 2013

  • Jim M.

    j'aime bien ces rencontres.

    1 · February 16, 2013

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