The authority of experience: sensationist theory in the French Enlightenment


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Sensationism, a philosophy that gained momentum in the French Enlightenment as a response to Lockean empiricism, was acclaimed by Hippolyte Taine as "the doctrine of the most lucid, methodical, and French minds to have honored France." The first major general study in English of eighteenth-century French sensationism, The Authority of Experience presents the history of a complex set of ideas and explores their important ramifications for literature, education, and moral theory. The study begins by presenting the main ideas ...

The Authority of Experience: Sensationist Theory in the French Enlightenment 1996, Pennsylvania State University Press, Pennsylvania

ISBN-13: 9780271027791

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