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Anger, Gratitude, and the Enlightenment Writer

Patrick Coleman

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199589340
eISBN:
9780191723322
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589340.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 18th-century Literature

This book examines how major writers of the French Enlightenment discuss the social appropriateness of anger and gratitude in regulating social life. Defining the kinds of slight or favor that demand ... More


French Laughter: Literary Humour from Diderot to Tournier

Walter Redfern

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199237579
eISBN:
9780191696749
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237579.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The culmination of a lifetime's fascination with humour in all its forms, this book embraces an impressive span of authors and a broad range of topics in French literary humour. It considers diverse ... More


Genius Obscured: Diderot

Ann Jefferson

in Genius in France: An Idea and Its Uses

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691160658
eISBN:
9781400852598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691160658.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter considers how a link was established between genius and genius in a manner that sidelines the public. It explores arguments which claims that the public—now deemed “vulgar”—lacks the ... More


The Pursuit of Laziness: An Idle Interpretation of the Enlightenment

Pierre Saint-Amand

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691149271
eISBN:
9781400838714
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691149271.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

We think of the Enlightenment as an era dominated by ideas of progress, production, and industry—not an era that favored the lax and indolent individual. But was the Enlightenment only about the ... More


Burdens of Enlightenment

Nicholas Halmi

in The Genealogy of the Romantic Symbol

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199212415
eISBN:
9780191707223
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212415.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This imagined transposition of nature from nature itself to a book is analogous to the experience that Enlightenment aesthetics designated the sublime, in which, precisely by means of a subjective ... More


Body and Soul

Andrew Kahn

in Pushkin's Lyric Intelligence

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199234745
eISBN:
9780191715747
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199234745.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

This chapter returns to the intersection of poetry and ideas. It refocuses on a theory of sensibility that is an important part of the pre-Romantic legacy of Pushkin's view of individual identity. In ... More


Depopulation and the Revival of Pronatalism in the Eighteenth Century

Leslie Tuttle

in Conceiving the Old Regime: Pronatalism and the Politics of Reproduction in Early Modern France

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195381603
eISBN:
9780199870295
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381603.003.0008
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, Political History

Eighteenth‐century French writers became convinced that France was depopulating; this public concern was the context in which the French royal government would revive its pronatalist policy to reward ... More


Mid‐Eighteenth‐Century Materialism

Ann Thomson

in Bodies of Thought: Science, Religion, and the Soul in the Early Enlightenment

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199236190
eISBN:
9780191717161
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199236190.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Ideas, European Modern History

A discussion of mid 18th‐century materialism, as seen mainly in the works of La Mettrie and in Diderot's early works, against the background of contemporary medical and biological thought. It begins ... More


Epilogue: Some Consequences

Ann Thomson

in Bodies of Thought: Science, Religion, and the Soul in the Early Enlightenment

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199236190
eISBN:
9780191717161
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199236190.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Ideas, European Modern History

The final chapter gives an overview of the varieties of 18th‐century materialism, in particular Diderot's mature speculations in the Rêve de D'Alembert, the works of d'Holbach and Helvétius, and ... More


The Realm of Reason

Stephen Gaukroger

in The Collapse of Mechanism and the Rise of Sensibility: Science and the Shaping of Modernity, 1680-1760

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199594931
eISBN:
9780191595745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594931.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, General

In the course of the eighteenth century, natural philosophy began to take on a new cultural standing, emerging as the paradigm bearer of, and the standard for, cognitive values. It was Fontenelle who ... More


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