Encyclopédie Nouvelle Seminar

Encyclopédie Nouvelle Seminar

Samuel Hayat (CNRS) : ‘Travail’
Hervé Guillemain (Maine, USA) : ‘Aliénation mentale’
Nathalie Brémand (Poitiers) : ‘Éducation’

'A work which, by means of a general doctrine, embraces the entire spectrum of human knowledge': this was what the Prospectus of Pierre Leroux and Jean Reynaud's Nouvelle Encyclopedie ou Dictionnaire philosophique, scientifique, litteraire et industriel, announced in 1834. Having assembled an impressive team of leading scientists, economists, philosophers, historians, and men of letters, Leroux and Reynaud undertook one of the most ambitious intellectual enterprises of the nineteenth-century: not only to update but to replace the Enlightenment's crowning achievement, Diderot and Alembert's famous Encyclopedie. Between 1834 and 1847 the Encyclopedie Nouvelle appeared in a series of impressive and much sought after instalments. The eight volumes - each over a thousand pages of dense text - published by Alexis de Tocqueville's publisher, Charles Gosselin, was a sensation, but represented only a fraction of the entire corpus Leroux and Reynaud planned for their Encyclopedie Nouvelle.

The aim of this project is to stimulate a broad and general reflection on this much understudied but major work. Our workshops will be devoted to reflecting on the intellectual and ideological impulse of the Enclyclopedie, how it reflected the state of scientific, technological, philosophical, economic, social, political and other knowledge in the nineteenth-century. Over the next three years (2018-2021) we will bring together specialists from different disciplines (history, politics, economics, geography, economy, town planning, anthropology, education, etc.) who, in drawing from an entry of their choice, will spur discussion, reflection, and debate on this work and by extension on knowledge, and the conditions of its creation and dissemination. 

Organising Committee:
Michel Bellet (Universite de St-Etienne) 
Thomas Bouchet (Universite de Lausanne) 
Pietro Corsi (Linacre College, Oxford) 
Michael Drolet (Worcester College, Oxford) 
Ludovic Frobert (CNRS/Triangle) 
Marie Thebaud-Sorger (CNRS/MFO) 
Quentin Schwanck (ENS-Lyon) 


14 February

14:30 - 17:30


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