Historical pessimism in the French enlightenment.


Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1958.

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Subjects Aufklärung.
Enlightenment.
Französisch.
Literatur.
Pessimism.
Philosophy, French -- 18th century.
Philosophy, French.
Series Harvard historical monographs ; 36.
Description viii, 253 pages 21 cm.
Copyright Date 1958.
Notes "An essay on bibliography": pages 233-247. Bibliographical footnotes.
Contents Part I. The seventeenth century -- The man of reason : Descartes -- The man of God : Pascal -- The churchman : Bousuet -- The Litterateurs : Boileau, Perrault, Fenelon -- The libertine : Saint-Evremond -- The critic : Bayle -- The eclectic : Fontenelle -- Part II. Historical optimism in eighteenth century France -- Religion and optimism : Lignac and Bonnet -- Theories of regeneration : Deschamps, Morelly, Mably, Rousseau -- The great doctrines of progress : Turgot and Condorcet -- Part III. Decadence- Reality measured against reason -- Decadence, reason, and nature -- The aesthetic norm -- Part IV. Historical flux- facts in a changing universe -- The two empiricisms -- The new aesthetics -- Historical interaction -- The cultural unit -- The world in flux -- Part V. The men and the doctrines -- Pessimism in moderation : Montesquieu -- The imperfect dream : Voltaire -- Disillusionment and diversity : Diderot -- Ethical pessimism : Vauvenargues -- Social pessimism : Linguet -- Materialistic optimism : Holbach -- Indifferentism : La Mettrie -- Perversion : Sade -- Conclusion -- An Essay on bibliography.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)266461
(OCoLC)ocm00266461
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WorldCat Identities Vyverberg, Henry.
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