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The Idea of the Sciences in the French Enlightenment: A Reinterpretation (Paperback)
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The Idea of the Sciences in the French Enlightenment: A Reinterpretation (Paperback)

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Paperback 174 Pages / Published: 14/11/2016
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This book traces the development of the idea that the sciences were morally enlightening through an intellectual history of the secretaires perpetuels of the French Royal Academy of Sciences and their associates from the mid-seventeenth century to the end of the eighteenth century. Academy secretaries such as Fontenelle and Condorcet were critical to the emergence of a central feature of the narrative of the Enlightenment in that they encouraged the notion that the "philosophical spirit" of the Scientific Revolution, already present among the educated classes, should guide the necessary reformation of society and government according to the ideals of scientific reasoning. The Idea of the Sciences also tells an intellectual history of political radicalization, explaining especially how the marquis de Condorcet came to believe that the sciences could play central a role in guiding the outcome of the Revolution of 1789.

Publisher: University of Delaware Press
ISBN: 9781611496406
Number of pages: 174
Weight: 263 g
Dimensions: 230 x 151 x 12 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Adkins provides a fresh intellectual history of the idea of cultivation of the sciences . . . as it relates to individual virtue and political rationality. * American Historical Review *
The Idea of the Sciences is a book whose title and introduction promise a discipline enriching 'reinterpretation.' . . . The book will . . . be of interest to historians and philosophers of science, historians of Enlightenment thought, and those interested in the old regime. Its main achievement is its claim that Neostoic philosophy was at the root of a new and politically important moral idea or way of thinking that was forged and explored by early Enlightenment savants. Among them was the enterprising Samuel Sorbiere, whose aspirations to secure resources to fund scientific investigation place him in good company in 2014. * H-France Review *

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