Sublime Disorder: Physical Monstrosity in Diderot's Universe - Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment 2001:01 (Paperback)
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Sublime Disorder: Physical Monstrosity in Diderot's Universe - Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment 2001:01 (Paperback)

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This work places Diderot's fascination with anatomical anomalies or monsters within the context of the history of ideas, philosophy, and science. By chronicling the ideological component of the philosophe's presentation of monstrosity from the Lettre sur les aveugles to Le Neveu de Rameau, this book reveals Diderot's `random and accidental' monsters to be, ironically, the most teleological of all beings: created and staged, as it were, for a particular textual world where materialist dogma is as important as disinterested anatomical study.

Publisher: Liverpool University Press
ISBN: 9780729407496
Number of pages: 183
Weight: 375 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm


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'La question du monstre a beaucoup ete traitee ces dernieres annees, mais jamais aussi systematiquement ni aussi justement que par Andrew Curran. Pour ceux que passionne Diderot, Sublime Disorder sera un livre indispensable, parce que parler de la monstruosite chez Diderot revient a parler d'aspects essentiels de sa pensee sur une periode de plus de trente ans. [...] Ce rassemblement minutieux agremente d'une bibliographie complete en font un riche ouvrage de reference. Il semblerait en fait que l'auteur se soit donne pour mission de chercher la precision et la justesse, et n'hesite pas pour ce faire a redresser les critiques modernes au moyen d'analyses rigoureuses. [...] Cet excellent ouvrage merite non seulement d'etre lu et etudie, mais aussi d'etre achete parce qu'on voudra souvent s'y referer sur une multitude de sujets concernant Diderot, son siecle, et les monstres.'
- Diderot Studies

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