The Cynic Enlightenment: Diogenes in the Salon (Parallax: Re-visions of Culture and Society)

The Cynic Enlightenment: Diogenes in the Salon (Parallax: Re-visions of Culture and Society)

Louisa Shea


This unique learn finds the significance of old Cynicism in defining the Enlightenment and its legacy.

Louisa Shea explores modernity's debt to Cynicism through analyzing the works of thinkers who grew to become to the traditional Cynics as a version for reinventing philosophy and dared to visualize an alliance among a socially engaged Enlightenment and the least good of early Greek philosophies. whereas Cynicism has constantly resided at the fringes of philosophy, Shea argues, it remained an essential touchstone for writers dedicated to social switch and helped outline the rising determine of the general public highbrow within the 18th century.

Shea's learn brings to gentle the wealthy legacy of historical Cynicism in glossy highbrow, philosophical, and literary existence, either within the 18th-century works of Diderot, Rousseau, Wieland, and Sade, and in contemporary writings by means of Michel Foucault and Peter Sloterdijk.

Featuring a major new point of view on either Enlightenment suggestion and its present scholarly reception, The Cynic Enlightenment will curiosity scholars and students of the Enlightenment and its highbrow legacy, 18th-century stories, literature, and philosophy.

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