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The Enlightenment in PracticeAcademic Prize Contests and Intellectual Culture in France, 1670-1794$
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Jeremy L. Caradonna

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450600

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450600.001.0001

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À la Recherche du Concours Académique

À la Recherche du Concours Académique

(p.40) Chapter 2 À la Recherche du Concours Académique
The Enlightenment in Practice

Jeremy L. Caradonna

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the rudiments of the concours académique as an intellectual exercise, with particular emphasis on the democratic judging process employed by French academies. It first provides an overview of the intellectual exchange made possible by the concours académique before discussing the contest's financial sponsorship, rules and regulations, the cultivation of prize questions, and advertising campaigns by the academies. It then considers the processes of reading, writing, and judging involved in the concours académique, along with the awarding ceremony and the publication, purchase, and reading of prize-winning texts. It also discusses the transgressions and limits of academic prize contests, including intellectual fraud, favoritism toward certain authors, and the issue of censorship by the state and the church.

Keywords:   concours académique, academies, intellectual exchange, financial sponsorship, advertising, judging process, academic prize contests, intellectual fraud, censorship

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