By Terry Pratchett
Une société secrète d’encagoulés complote pour renverser le seigneur Vétérini, Patricien d’Ankh-Morpork, et lui substituer un roi.
C’est sans compter avec le guet municipal et son équipe de fins limiers.
Une affaire à l. a. mesure du capitaine Vimaire – s’il boit, c’est pour oublier les laideurs de l. a. vie – et de ses brillants adjoints. (« Tous pour un ! » )
Et lorsqu’on retrouve au petit jour dans les rues les corps des citoyens transformés en biscuits calcinés, l’enquête s’oriente résolument vers un dragon de vingt-cinq mètres qui crache le feu ; on aurait quelques questions à lui poser.
Mais peut-être los angeles collaboration du bibliothécaire de l’Université ne sera-t-elle pas inutile : n’arbore-t-il pas aussi une plaque de l. a. DST (Défense simienne du territoire) ?
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At the highest level of insight, it becomes clear that nature itself, experienced as a context of meaning and purpose, receives its determinate characteristics from the activity of the human mind. And when nature is seen to be a product of the mind, all that is left of the original triad is the monad: Man, or Mind. The ultimate metaphysical reality is the human Self, On being authentic 34 independent of and untouched by anything outside itself, in its own unbounded freedom creating realities for itself, and in no way answerable to anything outside itself.
The difficulties of this project notwithstanding, Rousseau comes to the conclusion that humans are by nature good. ”6 When we turn away from society’s complicated rules of propriety and decorum and look into our own hearts, we find that there are two basic, innate principles that guide us in our unspoiled state. ”9 This spontaneous pity for the unfortunate keeps us from becoming self-centered monsters. All natural rules of right flow from these two principles. The child-rearing instructions in Emile therefore focus on the need to let the child develop without being affected by the influence of social decorum and conventions.
But when it comes to deciding which course of action we should pursue, it does not seem to provide much direction. That may be why the notion of pursuing happiness becomes so important in the modern period. Starting in the eighteenth century, and continuing through today, the notion of happiness comes to define the proper aim of life. ” But what is happiness? What is this ideal state that now serves as the final court of appeals of a well-lived life? ) begs the question about what constitutes the good life and thereby seems to put constraints on our freedom of choice.