Enlightenment and the Shadows of Chance: The Novel and the Culture of Gambling in Eighteenth-Century France

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While Montesquieu was praising indifference to financial gain, Louis XV regularly presided over dizzying gambling games at Versailles. While Descartes was advancing a strategy for escaping from chance by appealing to the protocols of certainty, clandestine gambling operations in Paris numbered in the hundreds. Despite efforts by the major figures of the French Enlightenment to suppress the period's fascination with chance, high-stakes gambling was an integral part of the social rituals of the most influential groups within ...

Enlightenment and the Shadows of Chance: The Novel and the Culture of Gambling in Eighteenth-Century France 1993, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD

ISBN-13: 9780801845499

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