The Authority of Experience: Sensationist Theory in the by John C. O'Neal

By John C. O'Neal

Sensationism, a philosophy that won momentum within the French Enlightenment as a reaction to Lockean empiricism, was once acclaimed through Hippolyte Taine as "the doctrine of the main lucid, methodical, and French minds to have commemorated France." the 1st significant common learn in English of eighteenth-century French sensationism, The Authority of Experience provides the heritage of a fancy set of rules and explores their very important ramifications for literature, schooling, and ethical theory.

The learn starts off by means of featuring the most principles of sensationist philosophers Condillac, Bonnet, and Helvétius, who held that every one of our principles come to us in the course of the senses. The adventure of the physique in seeing, listening to, smelling, tasting, and touching enabled contributors, as John C. O'Neal issues out, to problem the occasionally arbitrary authority of associations and folks in positions of strength. After a common advent to sensationism, the writer develops a idea of sensationist aesthetics that not just finds the interconnections of the period's philosophy and literature but in addition complements our information of the forces at paintings within the French novel. He is going directly to study the family members among sensationism and eighteenth-century French academic concept, materialism, and idéologie. finally, O'Neal opens a dialogue of the results of sensationist notion for problems with specific hindrance to society today.

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