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The Enlightenment in Practice: Academic Prize Contests and Intellectual Culture in France, 1670-1794

Jeremy L. Caradonna

Abstract

Public academic prize contests—the concours académique—played a significant role in the intellectual culture of Enlightenment France, with aspirants formulating positions on such matters as slavery, poverty, the education of women, tax reform, and urban renewal and submitting the resulting essays for scrutiny by panels of judges. This book draws on archives both in Paris and the provinces to show that thousands of individuals—ranging from elite men and women of letters, artisans, and peasants—participated in these intellectual competitions, a far broader range of people than has been previousl ... More

Keywords: academic prize contests, Enlightenment, intellectual culture, France, French Revolution, cultural movement, French monarchy, academic competitions, technology transfer

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450600
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450600.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeremy L. Caradonna, author
Associate Professor of History, the University of Alberta