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By Pierre Saint-Amand,Jennifer Curtiss Gage

We ponder the Enlightenment as an period ruled via rules of development, construction, and industry--not an period that favorite the lax and indolent person. yet was once the Enlightenment in basic terms in regards to the unceasing development of self and society? The Pursuit of Laziness examines ethical, political, and fiscal treatises of the interval, and divulges that the most important eighteenth-century texts did locate price in idleness and nonproductivity. Fleshing out Enlightenment considering within the works of Denis Diderot, Joseph Joubert, Pierre de Marivaux, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Jean-Siméon Chardin, this e-book explores idleness in all its guises, and illustrates that laziness existed, no longer as a vice of the wretched, yet as an exemplar of modernity and a resistance to ideals approximately advantage and utility.

Whether within the dawdlings of Marivaux's journalist who behind schedule and procrastinated or within the matters of Chardin's work who overjoyed in suspended, playful time, Pierre Saint-Amand indicates how eighteenth-century works supplied a powerful argument for laziness. Rousseau deserted his earlier safety of work to pursue reverie and botanical walks, Diderot emphasised a parasitic technique of resisting paintings with a view to release time, and Joubert's little-known posthumous Notebooks extensively adverse the valuable philosophy of the Enlightenment in a quest to infinitely delay work.

Unsettling the obdurate view of the eighteenth century as an age of frenetic industriousness and exertions, The Pursuit of Laziness plumbs the texts and pictures of the time and uncovers planned yearnings for slowness and recreation.

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