Death at Versailles

Voltaire Foundation

The Palace of Versailles is mounting a magnificent exhibition entitled ‘Le Roi est mort’ to mark the tercentenary of the death of Louis XIV. The exhibits, artefacts, texts, and background music document the king’s last days, how his body was treated after his death on 1 September 1715, and the rituals of mourning imposed during the long period which followed until his funeral in St Denis on 23 October.

Marche et Convoy funèbre de Louis le Grand, Roy de France (BnF). Marche et Convoy funèbre de Louis le Grand, Roy de France (BnF).

If you want to know how French kings were embalmed, how their bodies were divided up between different final repositories, and how mourning dress differed between ‘grand’, ‘demi’ and petit’ categories, this is the place to go. There are excellent descriptions too of the great funeral procession from Versailles to St Denis on 9 September, which had 2,500 designated mourners, led by 400 paupers in black cloaks and hoods…

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Calendario attività didattiche

E’ disponibile il calendario delle attività didattiche della cattedra di Storia della filosofia. Troverete i giorni e le ore di lezione e del ricevimento studenti per i mesi di febbraio, marzo, aprile e maggio.

Ogni eventuale variazione verrà segnalata oltre che sul calendario anche sul blog e sulla pagina docente.

Le lezioni inizieranno lunedì 22 febbraio 2016 alle ore 9:00 e si terranno nell’Aula Corsano (Quarto piano del Palazzo Parlangeli).

Avviso importante – Esame di Fondamenti filosofici delle discipline psicologiche

Gli studenti del corso di Laura in Scienza e tecniche psicologiche in debito di esame e laureandi potranno sostenere l'esame di Fondamenti filosofici delle discipline psicologiche con il programma del loro anno i giorni 8 e 22 febbraio a partire dalle ore 9.30. La verbalizzazione sarà cartacea. L'esame si terrà presso lo studio del docente, stanza 21 B del Palazzo Parlangeli.

 

Tolerance and combat

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After the killings on 7 January 2015 in the offices of Charlie Hebdo, Voltaire of all people suddenly rushed into public prominence in France, serving as a symbol of (one supposes) free speech, satire, tolerance, and a certain insolence éclairée. His image sprang up on walls and lampposts, quotations and misquotations appeared on placards, and the Traité sur la tolérance flew off bookstore shelves across the country. This sudden public reclamation of the patriarch of Ferney prompted members of the Société française d’études du dix-huitième siècle (SFEDS) to seek some way to engage with the public’s enthusiasm for eighteenth-century ideas, and to highlight their relevance to debates taking place today. An anthology of texts was prepared, and appeared in April of last year under the title Tolérance: le combat des Lumières.

Scholars in the UK quickly took up the challenge of translating these texts into…

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Beaumarchais à l’agrégation

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Le Barbier de SevilleLe Barbier de Séville, II, 14 (le comte déguisé en soldat entre Rosine et Bartholo) / Par Jean Fabien Gautier, l’aîné, extrait de Beaumarchais, Œuvres complètes, 7 tomes, Paris, L. Collin, 1809 / Image César.

La publication du programme d’agrégation dans le Bulletin Officiel est toujours pour moi à la fois source de soulagement et d’inquiétude: soulagement parce qu’on a enfin confirmation du sujet alors que des bruits circulent depuis des mois; inquiétude parce qu’il va bien falloir s’y mettre et que, tous les étés, depuis le programme Chénier en 2005-2006, mes “vacances” sont prises par la préparation d’un cours pour des étudiants de haut vol, candidats à un concours prestigieux dont les origines remontent à l’Ancien Régime. Il faut, en quelques mois, lire et relire des textes qu’on ne connaît pas forcément bien – voire pas du tout: j’ai découvert le Cleveland de Prévost à l’occasion de…

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