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The French enlightenment and the emergence of modern cynicism

Author: Sharon A Stanley
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
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"Sharon A. Stanley analyzes cynicism from a political-theoretical perspective, arguing that cynicism isn't unique to our time. Instead, she posits that cynicism emerged in the works of French Enlightenment philosophers, such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Denis Diderot. She explains how eighteenth-century theories of epistemology, nature, sociability, and commerce converged to form a recognizably modern form of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sharon A Stanley
ISBN: 9781107014640 1107014646
OCLC Number: 757838237
Description: ix, 225 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I The Eighteenth Century --
1 Enlightenment as Disillusionment 25 --
2 Unraveling Natural Utopia: Diderot's Supplement to the Voyage of Bougainville and the Legacy of Cynicism 48 --
3 The Dark Side of Sociability: Philosophes and Libertines 75 --
4 The Leveling Power of Commerce 106 --
5 Hermits and Cynics: Rousseau and Rameau's Nephew 128 --
Part II The Present --
6 From Enlightenment to Postmodernism 157 --
7 Disenchanted Democracy and the Ineradicability of Cynicism 180.
Responsibility: Sharon A. Stanley.

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Stanley argues that the French philosophes reveal the possibility of a democratically hospitable form of cynicism.  Read more...

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"When is the last time you heard someone say that what we need today is more cynicism? Starting with some of the best thinkers of the eighteenth century, such as Diderot and Rousseau, and showing how Read more...

 
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