Women Moralists in Early Modern France

Women Moralists in Early Modern France

Hayes, Julie Candler

Oxford University Press Inc






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A Note on Names
A Note on Texts

I. Introduction: The Moralist World
1. Moralists and Moralizers
2. Unsystematic Philosophy
3. Philosophy and Literature in Early Modern France
4. Women Moralists and the Canon
5. Corpus and topics: Who is a Moralist?

II. On Self-Knowledge and Knowledge of the Self
1. Scudery: Conversation
2. Dupin: Sensation and Belief
3. Verzure: Comparison
4. Necker: Writing
5. Guizot: Doubts
6. Introspection and the Act of Writing

III. On Friendship
1. Foundations of Friendship
2. Rituals of Friendship: Reciprocity, Exchange, Secrets
3. Sameness and Difference
4. The Politics of Reconnaissance

IV. On Happiness and the Passions
1. From the Passsions to Passion
2. The Worlds of La Sabliere and Dupin
3. Practical Guidance in Du Chatelet and Fourqueux
4. The Passions and Their Discontents in d'Arconville
5. Stael's Phenomenology of Passion

V. On Marriage
1. The Philosophical and Legal Critique
2. The Implicit Moralist Critique: Lambert and Puisieux
3. The Explicit Moralist Critique: Verzure and d'Arconville
4. Suzanne Necker's Defense of Marriage
5. On Liberty

VI. On Age and Experience
1. Experience, Knowledge, and the Seasons of Life
2. Codes of Conduct
3. Not her last word: d'Arconville on Old Age

VII. On Women's Nature and Capabilities
1. Politeness and Embodiment
2. Portraits and Mirrors: Pringy's Differens caracteres des femmes du siecle
3. Nature, Culture, and the desir de plaire
4. Comment peut-on etre femme auteur?