The Authority of Experience

- Sensationist Theory in the French Enlightenment

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The Authority of Experience
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Format:
Bog, hardback
Udgivelsesdato:
23-05-1996
Sprog:
Engelsk
Sidetal:
300
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Sensationism, a philosophy that gained momentum in the French Enlightenment as a response to Lockean empiricism, was acclaimed by Hippolyte Taine as "the doctrine of the most lucid, methodical, and French minds to have honored France." The first major general study in English of eighteenth-century French sensationism, The Authority of Experience presents the history of a complex set of ideas and explores their important ramifications for literature, education, and moral theory.The study begins by presenting the main ideas of sensationist philosophers Condillac, Bonnet, and Helvetius, who held that all of our ideas come to us through the senses. The experience of the body in seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching enabled individuals, as John C. O'Neal points out, to challenge the sometimes arbitrary authority of institutions and people in positions of power. After a general introduction to sensationism, the author develops a theory of sensationist aesthetics that not only reveals the interconnections of the period's philosophy and literature but also enhances our awareness of the forces at work in the French novel. He goes on to examine the relations between sensationism and eighteenth-century French educational theory, materialism, and ideologie. Ultimately, O'Neal opens a discussion of the implications of sensationist thought for issues of particular concern to society today.

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Udgivelsesdato:
23-05-1996
ISBN13:
9780271015156
Vægt:
826 g
Dybde:
21 mm
Bredde:
152 mm
Højde:
229 mm
Format:
Hardback
Forfattere
Bibliotekernes beskrivelse Covering sensationism, a philosophy of the French Enlightenment and 18th-century French literature, this study presents the main ideas of sensationism philosophers such as Condillac, Bonnet and Helvetius. An examination of the mind-body problem is also included in the discussion.

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