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The Pursuit of Laziness: An Idle Interpretation of the Enlightenment

Pierre Saint-Amand

Abstract

We think of the Enlightenment as an era dominated by ideas of progress, production, and industry—not an era that favored the lax and indolent individual. But was the Enlightenment only about the unceasing improvement of self and society? This book examines moral, political, and economic treatises of the period, and reveals that crucial eighteenth-century texts did find value in idleness and nonproductivity. Fleshing out Enlightenment thinking in the works of Denis Diderot, Joseph Joubert, Pierre de Marivaux, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Jean-Siméon Chardin, this book explores idleness in all its ... More

Keywords: Enlightenment, idleness, nonproductivity, Denis Diderot, Joseph Joubert, Pierre de Marivaux, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Jean-Siméon Chardin, Enlightenment thinking

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691149271
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691149271.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pierre Saint-Amand, author
Brown University

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