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Bossuet and de Maistre both argue for the validity of the French monarchy. However, Bossuet writes during the high point of the Gallican absolutist state whereas de Maistre writes after the citadel has fallen. How does de Maistre offer a far darker, forbidding and philosophical political vision than Bossuet? Both men defended divine right kingship but de Maistre argues against the disintegrative effects of Enlightenment rationalism. Focus your analysis on de Maistre, but use Bossuet as a point of comparison to illustrate the distinctive and pioneering aspects of de Maistre’s thought.
Some key points to consider (You do not need to use all of these in your essay):
The role of Mythos in human societies
The irrational aspects of human psychology
The role of sacrifice and punishment
The continuing vitality of the body politic and the political discourse
Examples of kingship from classical antiquity and Holy Scripture
You must use the chapters assigned in both of the following texts:
Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, Politics drawn from Holy Scripture
Joseph de Maistre, Considerations on France
Assignment structure:
Respond to the prompt in essay format. Please note that you do not have to answer suggested questions, but rather come up with a thesis suggested by prompt. Write complete sentences and organize your thoughts into paragraphs. In your introductory paragraph, provide a thesis statement that engages the questions posed. Include in your introduction a plan of argumentation that outlines the main points that you will make in defense of your thesis in the body of your essay. The body paragraphs should contain topic sentences that outline the course of the paragraph and point back to the thesis statement. The body paragraph should also contain evidence (in the form of quotations or paraphrasing with citation from the text) to support your ideas. Please also include a brief concluding paragraph that ties your ideas together.
The ideal length of the response is 1400-1600 words. Do not exceed 1600 words.
Formatting Instructions:
All seminar responses must be typewritten, 12-point, Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins, double-spaced, and double-sided.
Header:
Including the following information in the header:
Student Name
DWC 202: Kingship Course
Seminar Professor Name
Assignment title: Essay 3: Absolutist and Counter-Enlightenment Kingship
Date:
Word count:

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