The neo-Roman French
ethnopsychology (character) is discussed in
Therivel's GAM/DP Theory of Personality and Creativity.
The French as UP Neo-Romans
The above is the title of chapter 5 of volume 2 of William
A. Therivel's The GAM/DP Theory of Personality
and Creativity (G stands for genetic
endowment, A for assistances of youth, M
for misfortunes of youth, DP for division of
power, UP for unity of power). For an introduction
to the GAM part of the theory click "Introduction
to GAM"; for an introduction to the DP
part click on "Introduction
In this website, the reader is also offered a shortcut:
The GAM/DP Synopsis
and an expanded version, The GAM/DP
Summary of volumes 1 through 4.
Hereafter I report the table of contents and the first
part of the Introduction of this long chapter.
This chapter is divided into the following sections:
2. The Roman Roots
3. The Anointed King
4. Rhetoric in Antiquity
5. Rhetoric, Logic and
Formalism in France
8. The French as Baroque
9. The Neo-Roman
10. In Full Praise of
Raison and Rhetoric?
11. But how Could France
Have Done so Well Under UP?
12. Contra the Neo-Roman
Aristocratosis of Jacques Barzun's From Dawn to
500 Years of Western Cultural Life
This chapter is devoted
to a Unity of Power (UP) interpretation of a limited
number of evolving aspects of the French ethnopsychology
(leaving aside regional differences). Within the confines
of this interpretation, the French people are seen as
UP neo-Romans, in which the modifier UP is a
constant reminder that I will discuss only those aspects
of the French ethnopsychology that I see relating both
to France's long past (the Gallo-Roman first, and that
was already under the shadow of the unity of power)
and to the impact of the unity of power of her kings,
noblemen, and churchmen.