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The Style of Paris Renaissance Origins of the French Enlightenment by George Huppert

The Style of Paris Renaissance Origins of the French Enlightenment


The Style of Paris Renaissance Origins of the French Enlightenment by George Huppert

... impressive and challenging reevaluation of the sixteenth-century origins of the Enlightenment. -Sixteenth Century Journal In this book, George Huppert introduces the reader to a group of talented young men, some of them teenagers, who were the talk of the town in Renaissance Paris. They called themselves philosophes, they wrote poetry, they studied Greek and mathematics-and they entertained subversive notions concerning religion and politics. Classically trained, they wrote, nevertheless, in French, so as to reach the widest possible audience. These young radicals fostered a succession of disciples who expressed confidence in the eventual enlightenment of humankind and whose ideas would bear fruit two centuries later.


Huppert makes a vigorous and effective case in The Style of Paris for the existence around the 1550s of a dynamic group of mainly young intellectuals whose spirit of scepticism and rational inquiry anticipated the Enlightenment. --David Parker, Times Literary Supplement, September 17, 1999

About the Author

GEORGE HUPPERT is Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is author of The Idea of Perfect History: Historical Erudition and Historical Philosophy in Renaissance France, Les Bourgeois Gentilhommes: An Essay on the Definition of Elites in Renaissance France, Public Schools in Renaissance France, and After the Black Death: A Social History of Early Modern Europe, 2/e.

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Publication date

22nd May 1999


George Huppert

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Indiana University Press


160 pages


European history
Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900



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