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Emilie Du Châtelet : rewriting enlightenment philosophy and science

Paru le : 27/01/2006
Éditeur(s) : Voltaire Foundation
Série(s) : Non précisé.
Contributeur(s) : Editeur scientifique (ou intellectuel) : Judith P. Zinsser - Editeur scientifique (ou intellectuel) : Julie Candler Hayes

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Résumé

Etude critique des écrits d'une figure emblématique du siècle des lumières, Emilie Du Châtelet. Physicienne et écrivaine, amie de Voltaire, traductrice de Newton, elle a aussi composé un "Discours sur le bonheur" (non publié de son vivant) où elle aborde la question du féminin. L'ouvrage propose, outre son portrait, une vision de son apport aux lettres et aux sciences. ©Electre 2018

Quatrième de couverture

Présentation en anglais Until recently, the marquise Du Châtelet (1706-1749) was more remembered as the companion of Voltaire than as an intellectual in her own right. While much has been written about his extraordinary output during the years he spent in her company, her own work has often been overshadowed. This volume brings renewed attention to Du Châtelet's intellectual achievements, including her free translation of selections from Bernard Mandeville's Fable of the bees; her dissertation on the nature and propagation of fire for the 1738 prize competition of the Académie des sciences; the 1740 Institutions de physique and ensuing exchange with the perpetual secretary of the Académie, Dortous de Mairan; her two-volume exegesis of the Bible; the translation of and commentary on Isaac Newton's Principia; and her semi-autobiographical Discours sur le bonheur. It is a measure of the breadth of her interests that the contributions to this volume come from experts in a wide range of disciplines: comparative literature, art history, the history of mathematics and science, philosophy, the history of publishing, and translation studies. Du Châtelet's partnership with Voltaire is reflected in a number of the essays; they borrowed from each other's writings, from the discussions they had together, and from their shared readings. Essays examine representations of her by her contemporaries and posterity, that range from her inclusion in a German portrait gallery of learned men and women, to the scathing portrait in Françoise de Graffigny's correspondence, and nineteenth-century accounts coloured by conflicting views of the ancien régime. Other essays offer close readings of her work, and set her activities and writings in their intellectual and social contexts. Finally, they speculate on the ways in which she presented herself and what that might tell us about the challenges and possibilities facing an exceptional woman of rank and privilege in eighteenth-century society.

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Paru le : 27/01/2006

Thématique : Auteurs - Critique littéraire

Auteur(s) : Non précisé.

Éditeur(s) : Voltaire Foundation

Collection(s) : Studies on Voltaire and the eighteenth century, n° 1 (2006)

Série(s) : Non précisé.

ISBN : 0-7294-0872-8

EAN13 : 9780729408721

Format : Non précisé.

Reliure : Broché

Pages : Non précisé.

Hauteur : 24 cm / Largeur : 16 cm

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Poids : - g