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Early Modern French Thought: The Age of Suspicion

Michael Moriarty


This book is an examination of three major French thinkers of the 17th-century — Descartes, Pascal, and Malebranche — of whom the latter two are comparatively little studied in the English-speaking world. It deals with a common attitude of suspicion towards everyday experience, which they see as dominated and obscured by sensation, imagination, and the presence of the body. This attitude, however, obliges them to develop detailed and sophisticated accounts of the shaping of experience, not only by the body but by interpersonal and social relationships, and of the tension between human nature a ... More

Keywords: Descartes, Pascal, Malebranche, seventeenth-century philosophy, Augustinian

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199261468
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261468.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Moriarty, author
Professor of French Literature and Thought, Queen Mary, University of London
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