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Published: 01 December 2018

224 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9781786941398

Bookseller Code (09)

The Language of Nature in Buffon's 'Histoire Naturelle'

Hanna Roman

Voltaire Foundation in association with Liverpool University Press

Oxford University Studies in The Enlightenment

  • Underlines the importance of literary studies for understanding the sciences in the Enlightenment, enabling scholars of literature (as well as history and philosophy of science) to better conceive of a literature of the natural world in eighteenth-century France and how this would be inflected in later schools of thought
  • Advocates treating Buffon's work as a literary endeavour so that its contemporary value as a serious scientific object can be more accurately gauged, thereby allowing for a more holistic conception of Enlightenment rationality
  • Argues that Buffon's ideas about transforming nature into a better world produced by the heat of the imagination help to shed light on modern studies of climate change and global warming