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Author Burson, Jeffrey D., author

Title The culture of enlightening : Abbé Claude Yvon and the entangled emergence of the Enlightenment / Jeffrey D. Burson
Published Notre Dame, Indiana : University of Notre Dame Press, [2019]
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Contents The culture of enlightening en Sorbonne and the formation of Claude Yvon -- Into the midcentury maelstrom: Claude Yvon between Sorbonne and the encyclopédistes -- The Encyclopédie and the polarization of enlightening culture in France -- Yvon the encyclopédiste I: metaphysics, logic, and the history of philosophy -- Yvon the encyclopédiste II: immortality, immateriality, and an Abbé's dalliance with vitalistic materialism -- Yvon the encyclopédiste III: moral philosophy, practical theology, and the problem of evil -- Yvon in exile, 1752/1762 -- The return from exile, circa 1762/1768 -- The quest to harmonize philosophy and religion: the first attempt, 1762/1768 -- Out of the ashes? Yvon at Château d'Ormes, circa 1771/1774 -- From Yvon's last stand before the General Assembly of the Clergy to his last days, circa 1770/1789 -- Yvon postmortem: concluding reflections on the cultural and theological revolution of enlightening
Summary "Recent scholarly and popular attempts to define the Enlightenment, account for its diversity, and evaluate its historical significance suffer from a surprising lack of consensus at a time when the social and political challenges of today cry out for a more comprehensive and serviceable understanding of its importance. This book argues that regnant notions of the Enlightenment, the Radical Enlightenment, and the multitude of regional and religious enlightenments proposed by scholars all share an entangled intellectual genealogy rooted in a broader revolutionary "culture of enlightening" that took shape over the long-arc of intellectual history from the waning of the sixteenth-century Reformations to the dawn of the Atlantic Revolutionary era. Generated in competition for a changing readership and forged in dialog and conflict, dynamic and diverse notions of what it meant to be enlightened constituted a broader culture of enlightening from which the more familiar strains of the Enlightenment emerged, often ironically and accidentally, from originally religious impulses and theological questioning. By adapting, for the first time, methodological insights from the scholarship of historical entanglement (l'histoire croisée) to the study of the Enlightenment, this book provides a new interpretation of the European republic of letters from the late 1600s through the 1700s by focusing on the lived experience of the long-neglected Catholic theologian, historian, and contributor to Diderot's Encyclopédie, Abbé Claude Yvon. The ambivalent historical memory of Yvon, as well as the eclectic and global array of his sources and endeavors"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Yvon, Claude, 1714-1791
Encyclopedists -- France -- Biography
Enlightenment -- France
Historians -- France -- Biography
Theologians -- France -- Biography
Intellectual life.
France -- Intellectual life -- 18th century
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019019088
ISBN 026810543X
9780268105433 (pdf)
9780268105440 (epub)
(hardback : alk. paper)