Prima lezione di Storia della filosofia


Su Formazione on line – storia della filosofia, nella cartella del corso dell’anno accademico 2016-2017 sono stati pubblicati: il programma del corso “Della certezza. Metamorfosi dello scetticismo in età moderna”, il calendario delle prove d’esame e il link alla sintesi della prima lezione

Exploring an abandoned 18th-century encyclopedia: an academic detective story

Voltaire Foundation


Eighteenth-century Paris was a vibrant centre of scholarly activity, publishing, and consumption. As the number of prints multiplied, the demand for condensed up-to-date summaries of all fields of knowledge increased. In my book The Maurists’ unfinished encyclopedia I tell the story of a hitherto unknown encyclopedic project that was being developed in Paris at the same time as Diderot and D’Alembert’s Encyclopédie. While the latter became a controversial but successful bestseller – often considered to be the medium of Enlightenment thought par excellence – the former never reached the public. The compilers were Benedictine monks of the Congregation of Saint-Maur, also known as Maurists. After ten years of work, they abandoned their encyclopedic enterprise. Decades later, after the French Revolution and the dissolution of all religious orders, the surviving manuscript found its way to the new national library, the Bibliothèque nationale de France. For the next 160…

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