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The Passions of the Human Soul

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Pages: 304

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Charles Fourier

Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. OF TUB FAP1LLON, OB LOVE OF ALTERNATION, THE ELEVENTH RADICAL PASSION. Those who weigh words and not things will think that the papillon is the passion of flighty heads: they will consider this name of papillon as synonymous with inconstancy and frivolity. It is nothing of the kind. The gravest characters arc often those that have the papillon among their dominants. It is true that the man, who had the papillon as his exclusive dominant, a monogyne of papillon, (we call monogynv in the scale of characters the man who has only one dominant) would be a frivolous, inconsequent being, and of little worth, but a character that amalgamates the papillon with several other dominants, such as ambition, friendship, familism, the cabalist, becomes a man of great resources, and to prove this, Julius Cajsar, the most perfect, the best organized head that was ever seen on the political stage, had not only the papillon among his co-dominants, but he had it as his superdominant. I give this name to that one of the dominants which has the casting vote, and takes the lead of the others in a character. Let us define the papillon by examples before defining it methodically. See Chap. V., Sec. I. of the Scale of Characters.—Trantlator. f For a complete explanation of these terms, borrowed from musical science, the reader ia referred to Chap. I., Sec. I. of the treatise on the Scale of Characters in the present volume: and also to Chap. VII., Sec. II., Vol. I., on the Passional Dominants and Tonies.—Translator. Every body must have seen some of those men who love to carry on at once a crowd of functions, whether of genus or of species: if they are at work in an action at law, they will want to compose four briefs at once for four different causes. This mania of ...  

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