From Perfectibility to Perversion: Meliorism in Eighteenth-Century France

From Perfectibility to Perversion: Meliorism in Eighteenth-Century France

by Michael E. Winston
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820474959

ISBN-13: 9780820474953

Pub. Date: 07/11/2005

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

From Perfectibility to Perversion: Meliorism in Eighteenth-Century France traces the evolution of human perfectibility discourse during the second half of the eighteenth century and the early post-Revolutionary era in France. Examining key articulations of Enlightenment meliorism as it shifts between open-ended models of human perfectibility and

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From Perfectibility to Perversion: Meliorism in Eighteenth-Century France traces the evolution of human perfectibility discourse during the second half of the eighteenth century and the early post-Revolutionary era in France. Examining key articulations of Enlightenment meliorism as it shifts between open-ended models of human perfectibility and «fixist» conceptions of the human body, this book will appeal to a range of specialists because it draws on a variety of primary sources, from Buffon and Rousseau to important medical theorists of the pre- and post-Revolutionary period, and juxtaposes seemingly disparate domains of inquiry in informative and provocative fashion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820474953
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
07/11/2005
Series:
The Age of Revolution and Romanticism: Interdisciplinary Studies, #34
Pages:
189
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Framing perfectibility20
Ch. 2Progress and decline38
Ch. 3Open economies63
Ch. 4La destination "naturelle" de la femme84
Ch. 5Male perfectibility, male degeneracy102
Ch. 6Revolution and regeneration120
Ch. 7"La regeneration foutative"151

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