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Casanova : enlightenment philosopher

Author: Ivo Cerman; Susan Helen Reynolds; Diego Lucci
Publisher: Oxford : Voltaire Foundation, [2016] ©2016
Series: Oxford University studies in the Enlightenment, 2016:09.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The stereotype of Casanova as a promiscuous and unscrupulous lover has been so pervasive that generations of historians have failed to take serious account of his philosophical legacy. This has recently changed, however, as the publication of the definitive edition of his memoirs and the majority of his longer treatises has heralded a surge of interest in the writer. This book constitutes an interpretive turn in  Read more...
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Named Person: Giacomo Casanova; Giacomo Casanova; Giacomo Girolamo Casanova; Giacomo Casanova
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ivo Cerman; Susan Helen Reynolds; Diego Lucci
ISBN: 9780729411844 0729411842
OCLC Number: 959334201
Description: xv, 247 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: the philosophy of Giacomo Casanova --
Part I: Casanova's philosophy: an overview --
Casanova's observations on moral philosophy --
The philosophy of the adventurer: Giacomo Casanova beyond libertinism and Enlightenment --
Part II: National contexts --
Italian Enlightenment debates on religion and Church: Casanova's philosophy and its background --
Casanova and his considerations on the partition of Poland --
Part III: Case studies --
Casanova on suicide --
Casanova: writing the dream between philosophy and autobiography --
Voltaire, Casanova and the Dialogues chré́tiens: an investigation --
'Je viens pour vous convertir': Casanova's dialogues on philosophy and religion.
Series Title: Oxford University studies in the Enlightenment, 2016:09.
Responsibility: edited by Ivo Cerman, Susan Reynolds and Diego Lucci.

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"The stereotype of Casanova as a promiscuous and unscrupulous lover has been so pervasive that generations of historians have failed to take serious account of his philosophical legacy. This has recently changed, however, as the publication of the definitive edition of his memoirs and the majority of his longer treatises has heralded a surge of interest in the writer. This book constitutes an interpretive turn in Casanova studies in which the author is positioned as a highly perceptive and engaged observer of the Enlightenment. Drawing primarily on Casanova's large body of manuscripts and lesser-known works, the contributors reveal a philosopher whose writings covered topics ranging from sensual pleasure to suicide. Analysing Casanova's œuvre from the perspective of moral philosophy, contributors show how several of his works - including his historical writings and satirical essays on human folly - contribute to the Enlightenment quest for a secular morality. A major feature of this book is the first English annotated translation of Federico Di Trocchio's seminal article 'The philosophy of an adventurer', which paved the way for a re-evaluation of Casanova as a serious philosopher. In subsequent chapters contributors uncover the Italian context of Casanova's anticlericalism, analyse the sources of his views on suicide and explore the philosophical dialogues contained in his recently published manuscripts. Casanova: Enlightenment philosopher marks a turning point in literary and philosophical studies of the eighteenth century, and is an indispensable resource for analysing and interpreting the work of this previously overlooked Enlightenment thinker."--

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