Article ID: CBB829939829

Rivoluzione e storia: il progetto utopico di Volney (2023)


Niccolò Valmori (Author)

Laboratorio dell'ISPF
Volume: 20
Pages: 1-18
Publication date: 2023
Language: Italian

Volney’s Leçons d’histoire constitute a major moment in the critical confrontation between Enlightenment historiography and antiquity in the light of the revolutionary experience. They have often been presented as a manifesto of post-revolutionary scepticism towards history, which led its author to deny the usefulness of teaching such a subject in schools. This article proposes to consider Volney’s history course at the École normale not only as a contribution to the Enlightenment historiographical tradition and to the use of history in the early revolutionary years, but also in the light of other texts by the same author. Without denying the disenchantment towards historical knowledge which is clearly present in his Leçons, Volney’s constructive proposals also emerge, aimed at relaunching history as a cosmopolitan science capable of building bridges between civilisations apparently distant from each other.

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Authors & Contributors
Belhoste, Bruno
Blamires, Cyprian
Carson, John S.
Coat, Nanette Le
Cook, Alexander
Crook, Malcolm
Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation
Intellectual History Review
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Journal of the History of Ideas
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Perspectives on Science
Cornell University Press
Oxford University Press
Cambridge University Press
Franco Angeli
French Revolution of 1789
Philosophy and politics
Science and politics
Natural history
Volney, Constantin François de Chasseboeuf de
Bentham, Jeremy
Buache, Jean Nicolas
Degérando, Joseph-Marie
Kant, Immanuel
Lavoisier, Antoine Laurent
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
Great Britain
Paris (France)
North Africa
Naples (Italy)
Académie des Sciences, Paris
École Normale Supérieure, Paris

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