The Philosophy of Restif de La Bretonne

BookThe Philosophy of Restif de La Bretonne

The Philosophy of Restif de La Bretonne

Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, 283

1991

January 1st, 1991

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Half Title2
Title Page4
Copyright Page5
Dedication6
Contents8
Abbreviations10
Introduction12
I. The formative years24
1. Sacy and La Bretonne26
2. Boyhood and schooling (i734-1751)53
3. Apprentice and journeyman (1751-1767)74
4. The man, the thinker101
II. The reform of societ144
5. Society unmasked (i): Morals and religion146
6. Society unmasked (ii): Class and economic structures169
7. Restif as critic and historian of society201
8. Restif philosophe: the mantle of Voltaire229
9. ‘L’homme à projets’ (i): the ‘Idées singulieres’255
10. ‘L’homme à projets’ (ii): the end of the beginning285
11. ‘L’homme à projets’ (iii): State and Church311
12. Sources: Sacy observed339
13. Sources: the mantle of Rousseau367
14. Restif at the crossroads (1779-1785)396
III. Theory416
15. Restifs science418
16. The anatomy of nature447
17. Religion470
18. Man495
19. Morality520
20. Institutions: marriage and the family548
21. Institutions: politics579
22. Institutions: economics615
IV. Utopia, the Revolution, and after656
23. Utopia658
i. Utopian womanhood667
ii. Utopian colonies670
iii. Family utopias672
iv. Urban utopias675
v. Imaginary utopias679
vi. Plenary utopia682
vii. Applied utopia692
24. The Revolution (1789-1794)706
25. The aftermath: Restifs revolution (1789-1798)757
26. The final solution799
Conclusion846
Bibliography854
Index864