Mesmerism and the End of the Enlightenment in France

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Harvard University Press, 30 de jun de 2009 - 232 páginas
Early in 1788, Franz Anton Mesmer, a Viennese physician, arrived in Paris and began to promulgate a somewhat exotic theory of healing that almost immediately seized the imagination of the general populace. Robert Darnton, in his lively study of mesmerism and its relation to eighteenth-century radical political thought and popular scientific notions, provides a useful contribution to the study of popular culture and the manner in which ideas are diffused down through various social levels.
 

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Most people are probably passingly familiar with Franz Anton Mesmer, the eighteenth-century German-born physician and originator of what we now know as “mesmerism,” but the background that Robert ... Ler resenha completa

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Please note that this is not in any way a biography of the life of Franz Mesmer. It is instead a wonderfully well-researched work that addresses Mesmerism as a significant scientific and political ... Ler resenha completa

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2 The Mesmerist Movement
46
3 The Radical Strain in Mesmerism
82
4 Mesmerism as a Radical Political Theory
106
5 From Mesmer to Hugo
126
6 Conclusion
160
Bibliographical Note
171
Appendix 1 Mesmers Propositions
177
Appendix 2 The Milieu of Amateur Scientists in Paris
178
Appendix 3 The Société de lHarmonie Universelle
180
Appendix 4 Bergasses Lectures on Mesmerism
183
Appendix 5 The Emblem and Textbook of the Sociétés de lHarmonie
186
Appendix 6 An Antimesmerist View
189
Appendix 7 French Passages Translated in the Text
193
Index
213
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Robert Darnton is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian at Harvard University.

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