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Sentimental Savants: Philosophical Families in Enlightenment France

Meghan K. Roberts


The eighteenth century was not an austere age of reason but rather a time when reason and emotion, science and sensibility, public and private, went neatly hand in hand. This book examines how the thinkers of the age attempted to live the Enlightenment. It is a story that starts at home. Eager to establish themselves as individuals of virtue and sentiment, philosophers flaunted their seemingly idyllic family lives. Rather than shuttering themselves in their studies, the sentimental savants of Enlightenment France claimed to live in and for society. They imagined themselves to be a new sort of ... More

Keywords: Enlightenment, families, sentimentalism, science, philosophy, self-fashioning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226384115
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226384252.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Meghan K. Roberts, author
Bowdoin College