The Philosophy of Restif de La Bretonne

Author: David Coward

Volume: 283

Series: SVEC

Publication Date: 1991

Pages: 888

ISBN: 978-0-7294-0410-5

Price: £65


I. The formative years
1. Sacy and La Bretonne
2. Boyhood and schooling (1734-1751)
3. Apprentice and journeyman (1751-1767)
4. The man, the thinker
II. The reform of society
5. Society unmasked (I): Morals and religion
6. Society unmasked (II): Class and economic structures
7. Restif as critic and historian of society
8. Restif philosophe: the mantle of Voltaire
9. ‘L’homme à projets’ (I): the ‘Idées singulières’
10. ‘L’homme à projets’ (II): the end and the beginning
11. ‘L’homme à projets’ (III): State and Church
12. Sources: Sacy observed
13. Sources: the mantle of Rousseau
14. Restif at the crossroads (1779-1785)
III. Theory
15. Restif’s science
16. The anatomy of nature
17. Religion
18. Man
19. Morality
20. Institutions: marriage and the family
21. Institutions: politics
22. Institutions: economics
IV. Utopia, the Revolution, and after
23. Utopia
24. The Revolution (1789-1794)
25. The aftermath: Restif’s revolution (1789-1798)
26. The final solution

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