Enlightened Pleasures: Eighteenth-Century France and the New Epicureanism

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Enlightened Pleasures: Eighteenth Century France and the New Epicureanism

Given a busy schedule (and our amazing professionalism), we missed out on some of the hedonistic diversions of Sin City. Given our exhaustion, we may leave our hedonistic pursuits back home this weekend to flights of fancy and book driven imagination.

Thomas M. Kavanagh’s new Enlightened Pleasures: Eighteenth-Century France and the New Epicureanism pushes the notion that art and culture in 18th-century France promoted pleasure to the center of the cultural agenda. Did things go completely awry? No, rather than fall into the full trappings of hedonism the French manage to balance pleasure and incorporate individual well-being into the fabric of community.

May have managed to make pleasure sound like no fun there. Regardless, a potentially good weekend read.

From Yale University Press.

Available now from AmazonEnlightened Pleasures: Eighteenth Century France and the New Epicureanism.

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