The Thought and Art of Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byDavid P. Kinloch

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This book rescues Joubert from the ranks of minor French moralistes, and, by tracing the development of his thought from his time as secretary to Diderot through to the period of his association with Chateaubriand, demonstrates that he was a writer on aesthetics of considerable sensitivity. Examination of his manuscripts and of his annotation to books in his library shows that Joubert's primary concern, during the period that witnessed the gradual but profound change from the intellectual values of the Enlightenment to those of the Romantic period, was to establish the status andnature of art and poetry. Reading widely among philosophers and poets from Plato and Homer to Kant and Andre Chenier, Joubert consigned his thoughts and perceptions to a series of carnets which form the basis of this study and bear witness to an unusually eclectic and enquiring mind. Joubert's significance is not confined to the Enlightenment and Romantic periods. He is unique among writers of his day in the way that his own interrogation of the very act of writing anticipates the aesthetic of later, highly influential writers such as Mallarme.

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This book rescues Joubert from the ranks of minor French moralistes, and, by tracing the development of his thought from his time as secretary to Diderot through to the period of his association with Chateaubriand, demonstrates that he was a writer on aesthetics of considerable sensitivity. Examination of his manuscripts and of his an...

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This book rescues Joubert from the ranks of minor French moralistes and by tracing the development of his thought, from his time as secretary to Diderot through to the period of his association with Chateaubriand, demonstrates that he was a writer on aesthetics of considerable sensitivity. Examination of his manuscripts and of his anno...

David P. Kinloch is at University of Strathclyde.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198151837

ISBN - 13:9780198151838

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`Kinloch's splendid introduction and aesthetic ideas in The Thought and Art of Joseph Joubert is based on his comprehensive reading of Joubert's Carnets...Kinloch can present us with a more detailed and more coherent version of Joubert's Neoplatonnism and his thinking about art, including hisown, than had previously been available to anyone with only printed sources to go by.'French Review