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Religious Change in Europe 1650–1914Essays for John McManners$
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Nigel Aston

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205968

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205968.001.0001

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The Science of Sin: Jacques de Sainte-Beuve and his Cas de conscience

The Science of Sin: Jacques de Sainte-Beuve and his Cas de conscience

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(p.23) 1 The Science of Sin: Jacques de Sainte-Beuve and his Cas de conscience
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Religious Change in Europe 1650–1914
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Robin Briggs

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205968.003.0002

The perennial fascination of sin hardly requires much proof in an age when much of the media appear to run on little else. The ambivalent position of those who make a vicarious living from both denouncing and publicizing ‘wicked’ conduct is also glaringly obvious. As generations of commentators have often ponderously shown, it is all about deviance, boundaries, inner drives, and repression. In the postmodern age, however, moral codes have been extensively relativized, in response to a cognitively fragmented world.

Keywords:   inner drive, science of sin, deviance, moral codes, French Catholics, Jacques de Sainte-Beuve

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