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Animal rhetoric and natural science in eighteenth-century liberal political writing : political zoologies of the French Enlightenment

Title
Animal rhetoric and natural science in eighteenth-century liberal political writing : political zoologies of the French Enlightenment / Andrew Billing.
ISBN
9781032605722
1032605723
9781032605760
1032605766
9781003459705
Publication
New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2024.
Copyright Notice Date
©2024
Physical Description
xi, 259 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Summary
"Our tendency to read French Enlightenment political writing from a narrow disciplinary perspective has obscured the hybrid character of political philosophy, rhetoric, and natural science in the period. As Michèle Duchet and others have shown, French Enlightenment thinkers developed a philosophical anthropology to support new political norms and models. This book explores how five important eighteenth-century French political authors-Rousseau, Diderot, La Mettrie, Quesnay, and Rétif de La Bretonne-also constructed a "political zoology" in their philosophical and literary writings informed by animal references drawn from Enlightenment natural history, science, and physiology. Drawing on theoretical work by Derrida, Latour, de Fontenay, and others, it shows how these five authors signed on to the old rhetorical tradition of animal comparisons in political philosophy, which they renewed via the findings and speculations of contemporary science. Engaging with recent scholarship on Enlightenment political thought, it also explores the links between their political zoologies and their family resemblance as "liberal" political thinkers"-- Provided by publisher.
Other formats
Online version: Billing, Andrew, 1972- Animal rhetoric and natural science in eighteenth-century liberal political writing New York, NY : Routledge, 2024
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
April 09, 2024
Series
Routledge studies in French and Francophone literature
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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