Studies in History and Philosophy of Science

The Discourse of Sensibility

The Knowing Body in the Enlightenment

Editors: Lloyd, Henry Martyn (Ed.)

  • Revision of the idea that Enlightenment was 'rationalist'
  • Of interest to contemporary theorists of affect and the body
  • This volume will recreate the discourse on sensibility
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This volume reconstructs the body of sensibility and the discourse which constructed it. The discourse of sensibility was deployed very widely throughout the mid- to late-eighteenth century, particularly in France and Britain. To inquire into the body of sensibility is then necessarily to enter into an interdisciplinary space and so to invite the plurality of methodological approaches which this collection exemplifies. The chapters collected here draw together the histories of literature and aesthetics, metaphysics and epistemology, moral theory, medicine, and cultural history. Together, they contribute to four major themes: First, the collection reconstructs various modes by which the sympathetic subject was construed or scripted, including through the theatre, poetry, literature, and medical and philosophical treaties. It secondly draws out those techniques of affective pedagogy which were implied by the medicalisation of the knowing body, and thirdly highlights the manner in which the body of sensibility was constructed as simultaneously particular and universal. Finally, it illustrates the ‘centrifugal forces’ at play within the discourse, and the anxiety which often accompanied them.

At the centre of eighteenth-century thought was a very particular object: the body of sensibility, the Enlightenment’s knowing body. The persona of the knowledge-seeker was constructed by drawing together mind and matter, thought and feeling. And so where the Enlightenment thinker is generally associated with reason, truth-telling, and social and political reform, the Enlightenment is also known for its valorisation of emotion. During the period, intellectual pursuits were envisioned as having a distinctly embodied and emotional aspect. The body of ‘sensibility’ encompassed these apparently disparate strands and was associated with terms including ‘sentimental’, ‘sentiment’, ‘sense’, ‘sensation’, and ‘sympathy’.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • The Discourse of Sensibility: The Knowing Body in the Enlightenment

    Lloyd, Henry Martyn

    Pages 1-23

  • Richard Steele and the Rise of Sentiment’s Empire

    Orr, Bridget

    Pages 25-42

  • Rochester’s Libertine Poetry as Philosophical Education

    Chua, Brandon (et al.)

    Pages 43-61

  • Emotional Sensations and the Moral Imagination in Malebranche

    Taylor, Jordan

    Pages 63-83

  • Feeling Better: Moral Sense and Sensibility in Enlightenment Thought

    Cook, Alexander

    Pages 85-103

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Discourse of Sensibility
Book Subtitle
The Knowing Body in the Enlightenment
Editors
  • Henry Martyn Lloyd
Series Title
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Series Volume
35
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-02702-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-02702-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-02701-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-34407-2
Series ISSN
0929-6425
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 215
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