FREN 306 Self-Love, Sympathy, and Civil Society in Early Modern France

This course examines the transition from moralist speculation in 17th-and 18th century France to the refounding of civil society and public life. Readings will focus on the mutual imbrication of ethics and civil life based on the development of such concepts as self-love, identification, sympathy, and social commerce in the writings of Augustinian moralists such as La Rochefoucauld, Pascal, and Nicole, philosophers such as Descartes, Hobbes, and Malebranche, and pre-Enlightenment and Enlightenment writers such as Rousseau, Shaftesbury, Mandeville and Smith. Readings and lectures in English.

notes: A writing practicum is available.