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Proudhon Letter - Writer (english)
31 May 2003
Proudhon Letter - Writer
Proudhon Letter - Writer
Proudhon Letter - Writer

In the study that he consecrated our author, Sainte-Beuve he wrote: “I am persuaded that, in the future, the correspondence of Proudhon will be your largest work he/she lives, and that most of your books won't be more than the accessory and as pieces the support” (1). We will share this warning, the adjective “accessory” excluded. The critic, contained in your youth in the saint-simonism, it approved the sympathy for countless ideas proudhonianas but he knew the work badly. It is above all the man, your frankness and your style, that interested him/her. The matter of this first biographical rehearsal - that doesn't go, on the other hand, besides 1848 - it is almost only removed in the letters, in which he had had communication and the maintenances to this purpose. If she can only render homage to this general picture penetrating, that doesn't implicate to have as definitive all the judgements that he counts.
Proudhon surely meets among the great letter – writer of the century XIX, the equivalent to a George Sand that he didn't love anything. The contemporaries, to see the close ones, they ignored this aspects of your genius or they didn't do more than to suspect him. It is only ten years after the clerk's death, when the fourteen volumes of the Correspondence were published, that the revelation was necessary. In spite of incomplete, this moment impresses suddenly for your enlarging one. To complete, to see to modify certain points, the image of the philosopher-polemist, the tone variety and the wealth of content of these letters, since the countless addressees' quality, affirm the indispensable comment of the work. As in saying, like Saint-Beuve, that the Correspondence is the most durable aspect, we want to go also far. The volumes left by Proudhon, not only they are hidden by your letters but on the contrary, they take an increment of interest under your explanation.
Is impossible to truly pick the personality of Proudhon and of approximating the base of your thought without taking in bill this permanent counterpoint to your published writings. We admit also that the reflection on her same with four decades of a burning production, he can appear closer to the reader today than certain works or passages whose context escapes him or the problem appears to the absolute view. We retain finally that about even of a reference to the proudhonismo “stricto sensu”, such alive changes and documented they are a reference of first order for the intellectual history of the time. Quickly, each one, according to your concerns there will find interest and pleasure.
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