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The Problem of Distraction$
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Paul North

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804775380

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804775380.001.0001

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A Face for Distraction / La Bruyère

A Face for Distraction / La Bruyère

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(p.37) Chapter 2 A Face for Distraction / La Bruyère
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The Problem of Distraction
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804775380.003.0003

This chapter examines the thoughts of Jean de La Bruyère on the concept of distraction. It offers an ontological and political interpretation of La Bruyère's le distrait and suggests that le distrait inadvertently reflects the conditions under which the concept of distraction might become thinkable. It explains that La Bruyère's distracted one described in his Les Caractères almost exclusively dwells in the sphere of social phenomena. This chapter also suggests that La Bruyère believed that the distracted one exists but does not lend being to what he encounters, even if they are distractible beings like him.

Keywords:   distraction, Jean de La Bruyère, le distrait, Les Caractères, social phenomena, distracted one

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