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By Peter Matthiessen

African Silences is a strong and sobering account of the cataclysmic depredation of the African panorama and its flora and fauna. during this significantly acclaimed paintings Peter Matthiessen explores new terrain on a continent he has written approximately in prior books, A Tree the place guy was once Born -- nominated for the nationwide booklet Award -- and Sand Rivers.

Through his eyes we see elephants, white rhinos, gorillas, and different endangered creatures of the wild. We percentage the drama of the trips themselves, together with a detrimental crossing of the continent in a mild airplane. And alongside the way in which, we examine of the human lives oppressed by way of bankrupt political regimes and economies, and threatened via the gradual ecological disaster to which they've got in simple terms all started to rouse.

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The theme of natural or universal religion in the De Jure Belli ac Pacis is inserted in a chapter which deals with punishrnent; it is linked with the right to punish and to pardon, notably in what concems religion. It is introduced by a surprising reflection27 on the right of Princes28 to punish those "who violate to excess the law of nature or of peoples with regard to any particular thing", that is to say even if it is not a question of their own subjects (sect xi). But this right is immediately balanced by severe restrictions: One must not confound generally received custom (minus proprie naturale) with the law of nature (proprie naturale); one must distinguish between generally received principles29 and others which are less so, between principles and consequenees,30 and make sure the law transgressed was eommonly known and reeognized.

Whereas Malebranche's God is an absolute monarch, caring for nothing more than the magnification of his own glory, Leibniz has it that the King of Heaven cares for nothing more than the Stuart Brown 13 happiness of his subjects. Whereas Malebranche's God is accountable only to bimself, Leibniz's God is almost accountable to bis subjects. In concocting the word 'theodicy' Leibniz was not just giving the name to an existing branch of natural theology but in some measure changing its character. For the metaphor conjures up a picture of God being, so to speak, called to book and charged either with directly producing evil or being in some other way to blame for it.

196. 16 Traite de morale, in Oeuvres Completes (ed. 32. 17 Traite de la Nature et de La Gräce I, lix; in Oeuvres CompLetes (ed. 49; Treatise (trans. 128f. 18 Traite de la nature et de la Gräce, I xliii; Oeuvres Completes (ed. 63; Treatise (trans. 137. 19 Oeuvres de Descanes (ed. 201; Philosophical Writings 0/ Descanes (trans. 108. 270f. 21 Nieolas Malebranche, The Search after Truth, ed. and trans. by Thomas M. Lennon and Paul J. 448. 22 See Patriek Riley, The General Will Be/ore Rousseau: The Transformation of the Divine into the Civic (New Jersey: Princeton UP, 1986).

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