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The Thought and Art of Joseph Joubert (1754–1824)$
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David P. Kinloch

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198151838

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151838.001.0001

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Idea, Image, and Copy

Idea, Image, and Copy

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(p.144) 5 Idea, Image, and Copy
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The Thought and Art of Joseph Joubert (1754–1824)
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David P. Kinloch

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151838.003.0006

This chapter explores how the discovery in Renaissance Neoplatonism of ideas allowed Joseph Joubert to pursue these ideas, particularly those relating to the relationship between idea, image, and copy, into the realm of contemporary epistemology; how his reading of Charles Bonnet and Marsilio Ficino made it easier for him to take advantage of the sensualist philosophy of Etienne Bonnot de Condillac without becoming snared by materialism. Joubert's reading of Bonnet and Ficino undoubtedly helps to modify any view of him as a strict Platonist, more concerned with contemplation of a divine realm of archetypes or essences than their reflection in the world of perishable matter. In a pensée of 1798, which compares the merits of a pear's flesh with its pips or seeds, it is interesting to observe the emergence of a slight preference in Joubert's careful choice of vocabulary.

Keywords:   Neoplatonism, Joseph Joubert, idea, image, copy, epistemology, Charles Bonnet, Marsilio Ficino, Etienne Bonnot de Condillac, Platonist

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