On Truth: What We Were, What We Are, What We Ought to Be

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André Ernest Modeste Grétry (1741-1813) was one of the most successful and most productive opera composers of the eighteenth century. Although he was born in the Prince-Bishopric of Liège, in present-day Belgium, he spend most of his life in Paris, making him one of those "Belgian Parisians". ...Much of the aesthetic debate at the time centered around the concept of 'Truth' in music and theatre. ...In 1795 Grétry started writing his essay 'De la vérité', that would eventually comprise of three volumes issued in 1801. -David Vergauwen

Table of Contents

Foreword by David Vergauwen
The Shadow of Rousseau
Politics: Revolution and Religion
Love, Art and Morality
On Truth

Vol. 1
Chapter 1. Reflections on research into truth
Chapter 2. On popular instruction

First Period
Chapter 3. On the danger of blunting the sensitivity of Youth
Chapter 4. On our first impressions
Chapter 5. Reflections on the two preceding chapters
Chapter 6. On public instruction

Second Period
Chapter 7. On public instruction

Third Period
Chapter 8. On the prices of emulation
Chapter 9. On public happiness
Chapter 10. On the need for active surveillance on the part of the Government to consolidate Republican spirit
Chapter 11. Prejudice to be destroyed; means to this end
Chapter 12. Prejudice needing to be established; means to this end
Chapter 13. Recapitulation and continuation of the preceding chapter
Chapter 14. On the vices and immoralities that the new order of things can destroy
Chapter 15. On princes and courtiers
Chapter 16. What it is to be capable
Chapter 17. On retail commerce
Chapter 18. On wholesale commerce
Chapter 19. On pretty women
Chapter 20. To be loved, it is necessary to love much?
Chapter 21. On present mores
Chapter 22. To give the tone.
Chapter 23. Open allure is the only good allure
Chapter 24. On the respect owed to old age

Volume 2.
Chapter 1. On artists, savants and people of letters
Chapter 2. One can honor talents, without fomenting amour-propre
Chapter 3. One cannot have everything
Chapter 4. ON the connections between our sensations
Chapter 5. On reputations
Chapter 6. Development of the preceding proposition
Chapter 7. On the results of ignorance or instruction/Summary
Chapter 8. That one should not allow one's happiness to be blemished by the behavior of the wicked, of liars, of
scoundrels and of sots
Chapter 9. That men cannot at all times be governed by the same means
Chapter 10. On the Dangers of Eloquence
Chapter 11. ON the chief virtues of the Republican
Chapter 12. On the influence of music on mores. On national holidays
Chapter 13. On permitted lies
Chapter 14. On lies of love
Chapter 15. On the faculties necessary between two individuals, in order to be able to contract bonds of friendship.
Chapter 16. On the influence of love on mores
Chapter 17. Continuation of the same subject

Volume 3
Chapter 1. Whether one obtains more from men through a reasonable tolerance, than through overmuch severity
Chapter 2. On moderation
Chapter 3. Can the man of truth know the tortuous routes of the lie?
Chapter 4. How and why Jean-Jacques was that which he was in his mores
Chapter 5. On alterations in our character
Chapter 6. On pretenses
Chapter 7. Researches on the two virtues contrary to dissimulation and to pretenses
Chapter 8. On the force of Example
Chapter 9. On the mania that certain people have for giving advice, and on the danger of receiving it
Chapter 10. The means of taking, oneself, the good part in difficult situations
Chapter 11. On moralists
Chapter 12. Various maxims on different subjects
Chapter 13. On Death
Chapter 14. Why, at whatever age, happy or unhappy, do we find so few men who want to begin to live again?
Chapter 15. Some physical probabilities of the immortality of the soul
Chapter 16. Of the necessity for a Religion in whatever government there may be
Chapter 17. On man's instinct
Chapter 18. On time
Chapter 19. On the truths relative to the various positions of man
Chapter 20. On physical sympathies and antipathies
Chapter 21. On moral sympathies and antipathies
Chapter 22. The greatest ascendant that we have over men is that of virtue
Chapter 23. The one can only judge men by the results of their conduct
Chapter 24. Final. Conclusion.

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