Fiction and the Frontiers of Knowledge in Europe, 1500-1800, par Alexis Tadié et Richard Scholar

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Fiction and the Frontiers of Knowledge in Europe, 1500-1800

par Alexis Tadié , Richard Scholar

Hardcover : 172 pages

Editeur: Ashgate

Langue: Anglais

Date: Novembre 2011

ISBN: 978-1-4094-0865-9

Format: 234 x 156 mm

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Book description

The uses of fiction in early modern Europe are far more varied than is often assumed by those who consider fiction to be synonymous with the novel. The contributors to this volume demonstrate the significant role that fiction plays in early modern European culture, not only in a variety of its literary genres, but also in its formation of philosophical ideas, political theories, and the law.

The volume explores these uses of fiction in a series of interrelated case studies, ranging from the Italian Renaissance to the French Revolution and examining the work of, among others, Montaigne, Corneille, Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, and Diderot. It asks: Where does fiction live, and thrive? Under what conditions, and to what ends? It suggests that fiction is best understood not as a genre or a discipline but, instead, as a frontier: one that demarcates literary genres and disciplines of knowledge and which, crucially, allows for the circulation of ideas between them.


Richard Scholar and Alexis Tadié
I- Poetic Fiction and Natural Philosophy in Humanist Italy: Fracastoro’s use of Myth in Syphilis
Isabelle Pantin
II- ‘Si Faut-il Voir Si Cette Belle Philosophie…’: The Language of Fiction in Montaigne, corneille, and pascal
Wes Williams
III- Fictions across disciplines in seventeenth-century France
Isabelle Moreau
IV- Elements of Fiction in hobbes’s system of philosophy
Luc Foisneau
V- The Making of the Modern Philosopher: Fictions of Philosophical Identity in Locke and Hume
Robert Mankin
VI- Philosophy, Ethics, and the Work of Fiction: Diderot’s Answer to Molyneux’s Question
Kate E. Tunstall
VII- The terror as a legal Fiction
Anne Simonin