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The Anatomy of Blackness

The Anatomy of Blackness Book
Author : Andrew S. Curran
Publisher : JHU Press
Release : 2011-09-19
ISBN : 1421401509
File Size : 48,9 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De


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This volume examines the Enlightenment-era textualization of the Black African in European thought. Andrew S. Curran rewrites the history of blackness by replicating the practices of eighteenth-century readers. Surveying French and European travelogues, natural histories, works of anatomy, pro- and anti-slavery tracts, philosophical treatises, and literary texts, Curran shows how naturalists and philosophes drew from travel literature to discuss the perceived problem of human blackness within the nascent human sciences. He also describes how a number of now-forgotten anatomists revolutionized the era’s understanding of black Africans and charts the shift of the slavery debate from the moral, mercantile, and theological realms toward that of the “black body” itself. In tracing this evolution, he shows how blackness changed from a mere descriptor in earlier periods into a thing to be measured, dissected, handled, and often brutalized. "A definitive statement on the complex, painful, and richly revealing topic of how the major figures of the French Enlightenment reacted to the enslavement of black Africans, often to their discredit. The fields of race studies and of Enlightenment studies are more than ready to embrace the type of analysis in which Curran engages, and all the more so in that his book is beautifully written and illustrated."—Symposium "This is an important contribution to an important topic. But it is also a model of how intellectual history should be done."—New Books in History "The breadth of Andrew Curran's knowledge about the Enlightenment is astonishing . . . The book makes the convincing point not only that Africa is a major focus in the Enlightenment's imagination, but also that natural history and anthropology are central to understanding not only its scientific agenda, but also its humanitarian politics."—Centaurus "Curran's Francotropism and medical background enable him to develop insights that should prove important to the ongoing transnationalization and discipline-blurring of literary and cultural studies."—Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment "Curran's ability to dissect and explain complicated arguments of the period's major thinkers is impressive."—Choice


Diderot Book
Author : P. N. Furbank
Publisher : Faber & Faber
Release : 2008-05
ISBN : 9780571243112
File Size : 42,8 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De


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Author of that inexhaustibly strange masterpiece Rameau's Nephew, Denis Diderot (1713-84) was also a dramatist, a speculative philosopher, the founder of modern art criticism and a tireless correspondent; he has also been called the most talkative man of his generation. His genius was profoundly subversive, and he spent much of his working life under the threat of exile. The son of a cutler, Diderot had an empathy with trades, tools and machinery that flowered magnificently in some of his contributions to the great Encyclopedie, which he edited with d'Alembert and published over a period of some twenty years. Diderot's range of contacts was prodigious: a close friend of Rousseau, Grimm and d'Alembert, a familiar figure in the literary salons of Paris, he also met and corresponded with Hume, Garrick and Laurence Sterne. It was the support of Catherine the Great (as her agent, Diderot in effect laid the foundations of the Hermitage collection) that led to the most extraordinary episode in an astonishing life: at the age of sixty Diderot travelled to St Petersburg where he drew up outline plans for the conversion of Russia into an ideal republic. P. N. Furbank's sympathetic and probing analysis of Diderot's work and influence was first published in 1992 and won a Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism.

Catherine Diderot

Catherine   Diderot Book
Author : Robert Zaretsky
Publisher : Harvard University Press
Release : 2019-02-18
ISBN : 0674737903
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In a dual biography crafted around the famous encounter between the French philosopher who wrote about power and the Russian empress who wielded it with great aplomb, Robert Zaretsky invites us to reflect on the fraught relationship between politics and philosophy, and between a man of thought and a woman of action.

The Paradoxes of Posterity

The Paradoxes of Posterity Book
Author : Benjamin Hoffmann
Publisher : Penn State Press
Release : 2020-05-21
ISBN : 0271088354
File Size : 43,8 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De


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The impetus for literary creation has often been explained as an attempt to transcend the mortality of the human condition through a work addressed to future generations. Failing to obtain literal immortality, or to turn their hope toward the spiritual immortality promised by religious systems, literary creators seek a symbolic form of perpetuity granted to the intellectual side of their person in the memory of those not yet born while they write. In this book, Benjamin Hoffmann illuminates the paradoxes inherent in the search for symbolic immortality, arguing that the time has come to find a new answer to a perennial question: Why do people write? Exploring the fields of digital humanities and book history, Hoffmann describes posterity as a network of interconnected memories that constantly evolves by reserving a variable and continuously renegotiated place for works and authors of the past. In other words, the perpetual safeguarding of texts is delegated to a collectivity that is nonexistent at the moment when a writer addresses it, one whose nature is characterized by impermanence and instability. Focusing on key works by Denis Diderot, Étienne-Maurice Falconet, Giacomo Casanova, François-René de Chateaubriand, and Jean-Paul Sartre, Hoffmann considers the authors’ representations of posterity, the representation of authors by posterity, and how to register and preserve works in the network of memories. In doing so, Hoffmann reveals the three great paradoxes in the quest for symbolic immortality: the paradoxes of belief, of identity, and of mediation. Theoretically sophisticated and convincingly argued, this book contends that there is only one truly serious literary problem: the transmission of texts to posterity. It will appeal to specialists in literature, in particular eighteenth-century French literature, as well as scholars and students of philosophy and book history.

The Skeptic s Walk

The Skeptic s Walk Book
Author : Denis Diderot
Publisher : Independently Published
Release : 2018-04-05
ISBN : 9781980752486
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Language : En, Es, Fr and De


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This is a Divine Comedy or Pilgrim's Progress for the post-religious age. Finding himself on a quest through the forest of life towards the general rendez-vous at the end, our hero journeys first on the path of religion and faith, then the path of the philosophers where debate and ideas reign, and finally the path of worldly pursuits and pleasure. Along the way he dodges inquisitors, raging fanatics, insane philosophers, faithless lovers, and scheming social climbers. Truly a neglected classic. As Diderot said, "even if you are not amused, you may still benefit from it."This third edition was revised in 2018.

Mass Enlightenment

Mass Enlightenment Book
Author : Julia Simon
Publisher : SUNY Press
Release : 1995-08-31
ISBN : 9780791426388
File Size : 44,9 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De


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Using the writings of the critical theorists of the Frankfurt School as a framework, this book uncovers the tensions and contradictions associated with the rise of capitalism as manifested in the writings of Rousseau and Diderot.

New Essays on Diderot

New Essays on Diderot Book
Author : James Fowler
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 2011-03-24
ISBN : 1139500554
File Size : 31,7 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De


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The great eighteenth-century French thinker Denis Diderot (1713–84) once compared himself to a weathervane, by which he meant that his mind was in constant motion. In an extraordinarily diverse career he produced novels, plays, art criticism, works of philosophy and poetics, and also reflected on music and opera. Perhaps most famously, he ensured the publication of the Encyclopédie, which has often been credited with hastening the onset of the French Revolution. Known as one of the three greatest philosophes of the Enlightenment, Diderot rejected the Christian ideas in which he had been raised. Instead, he became an atheist and a determinist. His radical questioning of received ideas and established religion led to a brief imprisonment, and for that reason, no doubt, some of his subsequent works were written for posterity. This collection of essays celebrates the life and work of this extraordinary figure as we approach the tercentenary of his birth.

Preliminary Discourse to the Encyclopedia of Diderot

Preliminary Discourse to the Encyclopedia of Diderot Book
Author : Jean Le Rond d'Alembert
Publisher : University of Chicago Press
Release : 1995-08-15
ISBN : 9780226134765
File Size : 33,6 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De


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Preliminary Discourse to the Encyclopedia of Diderot expresses the hopes, dogmas, assumptions, and prejudices that have come to characterize the French Enlightenment. In this preface to the Encyclopedia, d'Alembert traces the history of intellectual progress from the Renaissance to 1751. Including a revision of Diderot's Prospectus and a list of contributors to the Encyclopedia, this edition, elegantly translated and introduced by Professor Richard Schwab, is one of the great works of the Enlightenment and an outstanding introduction to the philosophes.

The Encyclop die of Diderot and D Alembert

The Encyclop  die of Diderot and D Alembert Book
Author : Diderot
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 2009-06-18
ISBN : 9780521113465
File Size : 30,5 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De


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The publication of the Encyclopedie in the middle of the eighteenth century is generally recognised as a decisive factor in the conflict ideas which led to the French Revolution of 1789. Yet, despite its importance in the history of eighteenth-century French thought, no outstanding work of the period is less read today, simple because of its bulk and inaccessibility. Those parts reproduced in this edition cover religion, philosophy, science and political and social ideas and include articles which reflect the humanitarian outlook of the contributors and their attitude to the abuses of the ancien regime. The selection is of value not only to students of French literature and thought, but also to all those interested in the history and political ideas of France on the eve of the Revolution; in these pages Diderot, D'Alembert and D'Holbach are allowed to speak for themselves, instead of having their ideas summarised (and sometimes misinterpreted) by others.

Who s Black and Why

Who   s Black and Why  Book
Author : Henry Louis Gates,Andrew S. Curran
Publisher : Harvard University Press
Release : 2022-03-22
ISBN : 0674276124
File Size : 43,5 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De


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The first translation and publication of sixteen submissions to the notorious eighteenth-century Bordeaux essay contest on the cause of black skin—an indispensable chronicle of the rise of scientifically based, anti-Black racism. In 1739 Bordeaux’s Royal Academy of Sciences announced a contest for the best essay on the sources of “blackness.” What is the physical cause of blackness and African hair, and what is the cause of Black degeneration, the contest announcement asked. Sixteen essays, written in French and Latin, were ultimately dispatched from all over Europe. The authors ranged from naturalists to physicians, theologians to amateur savants. Documented on each page are European ideas about who is Black and why. Looming behind these essays is the fact that some four million Africans had been kidnapped and shipped across the Atlantic by the time the contest was announced. The essays themselves represent a broad range of opinions. Some affirm that Africans had fallen from God’s grace; others that blackness had resulted from a brutal climate; still others emphasized the anatomical specificity of Africans. All the submissions nonetheless circulate around a common theme: the search for a scientific understanding of the new concept of race. More important, they provide an indispensable record of the Enlightenment-era thinking that normalized the sale and enslavement of Black human beings. These never previously published documents survived the centuries tucked away in Bordeaux’s municipal library. Translated into English and accompanied by a detailed introduction and headnotes written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Andrew Curran, each essay included in this volume lays bare the origins of anti-Black racism and colorism in the West.

The Architectural Plates from the Encyclopedie

The Architectural Plates from the  Encyclopedie  Book
Author : Denis Diderot
Publisher : Courier Corporation
Release : 2013-01-23
ISBN : 0486157768
File Size : 30,9 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De


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From Diderot's 18th-century masterpiece: elegant renderings of architectural landmarks; drawings and plans for theaters, windmills, bridges, boats; renderings of palatial interiors and furnishings; scenes of 18th-century craftsmen at work in the building trades; more.

The Art of Thinking

The Art of Thinking Book
Author : Ernest Dimnet
Publisher : DigiCat
Release : 2022-08-16
ISBN : 0987650XXX
File Size : 47,8 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De


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DigiCat Publishing presents to you this special edition of "The Art of Thinking" by Ernest Dimnet. DigiCat Publishing considers every written word to be a legacy of humankind. Every DigiCat book has been carefully reproduced for republishing in a new modern format. The books are available in print, as well as ebooks. DigiCat hopes you will treat this work with the acknowledgment and passion it deserves as a classic of world literature.

Rameau s Nephew

Rameau s Nephew Book
Author : Denis Diderot
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2011-08-01
ISBN : 9781849023573
File Size : 47,7 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De


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18th Century Frenchman Diderot uses a fictional conversation between two men to criticize those who argued against the Enlightenment. As his prior works of political opinion had caused his imprisonment, Diderot was especially careful to craft "Rameau's Nephew" in such a way to not face further trouble.

Thinking with Rousseau

Thinking with Rousseau Book
Author : Helena Rosenblatt,Paul Schweigert
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 2017-06-16
ISBN : 1107105765
File Size : 45,8 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De


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Rousseau's relation to the Western intellectual tradition is re-examined through a series of 'conversations' between Rousseau and other 'great thinkers'.

Philosophical Thoughts

Philosophical Thoughts Book
Author : Denis Diderot
Publisher : Independently Published
Release : 2018-02-13
ISBN : 9781980274759
File Size : 51,8 Mb
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Immediately upon publication, this book "stirred up quite a scandal, and introduced the world to a new athlete, all the harder to beat, since he hit you from all sides at once; he seems to assume different forms, and in this respect he could say, like the devil, 'Our name is Legion'" (Naigeon, 'Memoires'). A scandal, to be sure: the book was promptly banned, burned and its anonymous author was pursued by the authorities.The author later became a guiding mind of the Englightment with his Encyclopedia. In this, his first published book, Diderot launches a sustained attack on his twin enemies: superstition (i.e. Christianity, the Bible, miracles, and revelation) and atheism. The truth, he thought, lies with deism: God is knowable through his masterpiece, the world and all it contains. This fully revised translation includes the following texts: 'Philosophical Thoughts''Addition to the Philosophical Thoughts''Unpublished Thoughts''On the Sufficiency of Natural Religion''Ruling of the Parlement of Paris Regarding the Philosophical Thoughts, 1746'

Common Sense in the Scottish Enlightenment

Common Sense in the Scottish Enlightenment Book
Author : Charles Bradford Bow
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release : 2018
ISBN : 0198783906
File Size : 53,8 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De


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Common sense philosophy was one of the Scottish Enlightenment's most original intellectual products. The nine specially written essays in this volume explore the philosophical and historical significance of this school of thought, recovering the ways in which it developed during the long eighteenth century.

The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Historians

The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Historians Book
Author : Andrew Feldherr
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 2009-09-24
ISBN : 0521854539
File Size : 47,5 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De


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An introduction to how the history of Rome was written in the ancient world, and its impact on later periods. It presents essays by an international team of scholars that aim both to orient non-specialist readers to the important concerns of the Roman historians and also to stimulate new research.

The Philosophical Actor

The Philosophical Actor Book
Author : Donna Soto-Morettini
Publisher : Intellect Books
Release : 2010
ISBN : 1841503266
File Size : 30,7 Mb
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Donna Soto-Morettini has served as Director of Drama for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Head of Acting for Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, and Head of Acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She is currently Casting Director and Performance Coach for Andrew Lloyd Webber and the BBC --Book Jacket.

The Making of Paris

The Making of Paris Book
Author : Russell Kelley
Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
Release : 2021-03-01
ISBN : 1493050540
File Size : 40,6 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De


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Paris has long been the world’s most popular destination and, in the view of many, the world’s most beautiful city – the product of two thousand years of continuous improvement and refinement. The Making of Paris is the story of how Paris evolved from a small fishing village on an island in the middle of the Seine River into the City of Light. The focus of the book is on the city as seen from the street, in order to understand the evolution of the urban landscape of Paris through the rues and boulevards and the buildings and monuments from its long and storied past.

Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely

Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely Book
Author : Andrew S. Curran
Publisher : Other Press, LLC
Release : 2019-01-15
ISBN : 1590516729
File Size : 34,9 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De


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A spirited biography of the prophetic and sympathetic philosopher who helped build the foundations of the modern world. Denis Diderot is often associated with the decades-long battle to bring the world's first comprehensive Encyclopédie into existence. But his most daring writing took place in the shadows. Thrown into prison for his atheism in 1749, Diderot decided to reserve his best books for posterity--for us, in fact. In the astonishing cache of unpublished writings left behind after his death, Diderot challenged virtually all of his century's accepted truths, from the sanctity of monarchy, to the racial justification of the slave trade, to the norms of human sexuality. One of Diderot's most attentive readers during his lifetime was Catherine the Great, who not only supported him financially, but invited him to St. Petersburg to talk about the possibility of democratizing the Russian empire. In this thematically organized biography, Andrew S. Curran vividly describes Diderot's tormented relationship with Rousseau, his curious correspondence with Voltaire, his passionate affairs, and his often iconoclastic stands on art, theater, morality, politics, and religion. But what this book brings out most brilliantly is how the writer's personal turmoil was an essential part of his genius and his ability to flout taboos, dogma, and convention.


Tolerance Book
Author : Caroline Warman
Publisher : Open Book Publishers
Release : 2016-01-04
ISBN : 1783742038
File Size : 52,5 Mb
Language : En, Es, Fr and De


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Inspired by Voltaire’s advice that a text needs to be concise to have real influence, this anthology contains fiery extracts by forty eighteenth-century authors, from the most famous philosophers of the age to those whose brilliant writings are less well-known. These passages are immensely diverse in style and topic, but all have in common a passionate commitment to equality, freedom, and tolerance. Each text resonates powerfully with the issues our world faces today. Tolerance was first published by the Société française d’étude du dix-huitième siècle (the French Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies) in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo assassinations in January 2015 as an act of solidarity and as a response to the surge of interest in Enlightenment values. With the support of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, it has now been translated by over 100 students and tutors of French at Oxford University.