Category Archives: Les Miserables

Hugo riffs Berkeley

“Tous les aspects des choses sont des pensées de Dieu” (Victor Hugo, Les Miserables, Tome III, Ch. 4). Advertisements

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Consequentialism overcome in Les Mis

Valjean has decided to turn himself in, but then remembers the families and communities, including Fantine and Cosette, who depend on his goodwill and provision. He concludes this train of thought: Supposons qu’il y ait une mauvaise action pour moi … Continue reading

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Criminality and Recidivism in Les Mis

Jean Valjean suspects a self-fulfilling prophecy that weights the scales of justice toward recidivism and repeat offense: Le nom de Jean Valjean l’accable et semble dispenser de preuves. Les procureurs du roi n’agissent-ils pas habituellement ainsi? On le croit voleur, … Continue reading

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Thought 1

First, a long quote from Les Miserables: Il continua de se questionner. Il se demanda sévèrement ce qu’il avait entendu par ceci: “Mon but est atteint!” Il se déclara que sa vie avait un but en effet. Mais quel but? … Continue reading

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