The Style of Paris

The Style of Paris

Renaissance Origins of the French Enlightenment
George Huppert
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 05/22/1999
Format: Paperback 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21274-0
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... impressive and challenging reevaluation of the sixteenth-century origins of the Enlightenment." —Sixteenth Century Journal

In this book, George Huppert introduces the reader to a group of talented young men, some of them teenagers, who were the talk of the town in Renaissance Paris. They called themselves philosophes, they wrote poetry, they studied Greek and mathematics—and they entertained subversive notions concerning religion and politics. Classically trained, they wrote, nevertheless, in French, so as to reach the widest possible audience. These young radicals fostered a succession of disciples who expressed confidence in the eventual enlightenment of humankind and whose ideas would bear fruit two centuries later.

Author Bio

GEORGE HUPPERT is Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is author of The Idea of Perfect History: Historical Erudition and Historical Philosophy in Renaissance France, Les Bourgeois Gentilhommes: An Essay on the Definition of Elites in Renaissance France, Public Schools in Renaissance France, and After the Black Death: A Social History of Early Modern Europe, 2/e.

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“" . . . impressive and challenging reevaluation of the sixteenth-century origins of the Enlightenment." —Sixteenth Century Journal n his new book, George Huppert introduces the reader to a group of talented young men, some of them teenagers, who were the talk of the town in Renaissance Paris. They called themselves philosophes, they wrote poetry, they studied Greek and mathematics—and they entertained subversive notions concerning religion and politics. Classically trained, they wrote, nevertheless, in French, so as to reach the widest possible audience. These young radicals fostered a succession of disciples who expressed confidence in the eventual enlightenment of humankind and whose ideas would bear fruit two centuries later.”

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Table of Contents

1. Portrait of a Discrete Philosophe
2. In Monsieur Brinon’s Garden
3. A School for Scandal
4. Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité
5. Historical Research in the Service of Philosophy
6. Optimi Auctores
7. Dangerous Classes
8. Ex Tenebras Lux
9. The Republic of Letters
Notes
Bibliography
Index