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The pursuit of laziness : an idle interpretation of the enlightenment

Author: Pierre Saint-Amand; Jennifer C Gage
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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We think of the Enlightenment as an era dominated by ideas of progress, production, and industry--not an era that favored the lax and indolent individual. But was the Enlightenment only about the unceasing improvement of self and society? The Pursuit of Laziness examines moral, political, and economic treatises of the period, and reveals that crucial eighteenth-century texts did find value in idleness and  Read more...
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Saint-Amand, Pierre, 1957-
Pursuit of laziness.
Princeton, N.J. ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, ©2011
(DLC) 2010036754
(OCoLC)660161986
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Pierre Saint-Amand; Jennifer C Gage
ISBN: 9781400838714 1400838711 9780691148724 0691148724
OCLC Number: 732320235
Awards: Short-listed for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2012
Description: 1 online resource (x, 156 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction (Idle Nation) --
The surprises of laziness (Marivaux) --
Chardin's slowness --
The great project of an idle life (Rousseau) --
Paradox of the idler (Diderot) --
Philosophy on the pillow (Joubert) --
Epilogue (Toward moderation).
Other Titles: Idle interpretation of the enlightenment
Responsibility: Pierre Saint-Amand ; translated by Jennifer Curtiss Gage.

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