Secular City

Edited by T.D. Hemming, E. Freeman and D. Meakin

Secular City

Edited by T.D. Hemming, E. Freeman and D. Meakin

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

259 pages | illustrations | 9-1/10 x 6-1/10
Cloth $93.00 ISBN: 9780859894166 Published January 1994 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Central to the Enlightenment is the ideal of the Secular City, in militant reply to the Civitas Dei of St Augustine. The essays in this volume, all by distinguished eighteenth century specialists, illustrate the elaboration of that vision, both in the planning and depiction of actual cities and in the speculation on social justice to which Voltaire in particular devoted himself. Yet even in him, secularization is never total, and the persistence of a displaced religious, even messianic strain in the Enlightenment is also illustrated in a variety of writers, culminating in the contradictions of the French Revolution.
Introduction (David Meakin)

Section I: Images of the City

Paris et l'imaginaire de la ville dans les almanachs français du XVIIIe siécle (Lise Andries)
Enlightenment London and Urbanity (Roy Porter)
City Life in the 1720s: the Example of Four of Voltaire's Acquaintances (Norma Perry)
La cité des lumières at l'homme selon la nature dans les Lettres philosophiques (Michel Baridon)
City, Market-place, Meal: Some Figures of Totality in Voltaire's Contes (Robin Howells)

Section 2: Voltaire and the Secular Ideal

Some Reflections on Voltaire's L'Ingénu and a Hithero Neglected Source: the Questions sur les miracles (Graham Gargett)
Voltaire and Venality: the Ambiguities of an Abuse (William Doyle)
Réflexions alphabétiques sur la justice dans leDictionnaire philosophique portatif (Christiane Mervaud)
Signposts to the Secular City: the Voltaire-Condorcet Relationship (David Williams)

Section 3: Cross-currents in the Secular City

Enlightenment Cross-currents: the Dictionnaire philosophique of Chicaneau de Neuville (David Adams)
Candide and Paul et Virginie: Two Fictions of the Enlightenment (Simon Davies)
Bernadin de Saint-Pierre:Unpublished Prose Fables (Malcolm Cook)
Le combat de Condorcet contre « l'infâme » (Anne-Marie Chouillet)
Religion and the Secular City in Raynal's Histoire des deux Indes (Anthony Strugnell)
Le rêve universaliste de l'Orateur du Genre humain (Roland Mortier)
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