By Cecil Jenkins
A quick historical past of France tells the tale of the formation of this grand country via its humans, nice occasions, and tradition. once we consider France we frequently evoke photos of excellent foodstuff and wine, the stylish boulevards of Paris, and the stylish seashores of St. Tropez, however the greatest nation in Europe has even more to provide than vacationer points of interest.
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By the Renaissance, melancholia had becom e a muchdiscussed topic . Th e natur e o f th e illnes s als o too k o n som e rathe r distinctive socia l connotations . A s on e recen t write r o n melancholi a has pointe d out , 'wit h th e Renaissanc e rehabilitatio n o f Aristotelia n melancholia a s a characte r correlat e o f geniu s o r bein g gifte d rathe r than strictl y a s a n illness , melancholia, melancholic, an d melancholy came t o b e popular term s a s well . 6 Thi s socia l dimensio n t o melancholi a make s th e questio n o f its characterizatio n somewha t complex .
W e ar e con strained t o us e largel y th e sam e materials , namel y hi s writing s an d correspondence, t o reconstruc t bot h th e though t o f th e philosophe r and scientist , an d th e personalit y an d persona l developmen t o f a psy chological subjec t wh o wil l inevitabl y hav e concern s no t reflecte d in , and perhap s inexpressibl e in , hi s scientifi c and philosophica l writings , and wh o may , indeed , hav e all kinds of personal belief s i n conflict with what he writes, arising fro m a variety o f reasons, from the unconscious nature o f thes e belief s t o self-censorshi p fo r religiou s o r politica l rea sons.
S o sadnes s o r distres s (th e word s see m t o b e use d inter changeably) i s th e cause o f th e physiologica l state . Third , ther e i s postulated wha t migh t loosel y b e calle d a n attitud e o f min d whic h enables on e t o overcom e th e physiologica l symptoms , presumabl y because i t i s abl e t o overcom e th e roo t psychologica l cause , althoug h Descartes doe s no t mak e thi s explicit . What exactl y i s Descarte s sayin g h e inherite d i n thes e passages ? Certainly the physiological symptoms, bu t presumabl y not a particular distress or sadnes s that hi s mother had , an d which was the cause of her symptoms.