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Before Imagination: Embodied Thought from Montaigne to Rousseau (review)

Before Imagination: Embodied Thought from Montaigne to Rousseau (review) Romanian version translated into English, whose publication would be a real event for theater lovers on both sides of the Atlantic. u Dartmouth College r oxana v erona John D. Lyons, Before Imagination: Embodied Thought from Montaigne to Rousseau Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 25,00 xvii +299 pp. Imagination, John Lyons argues in this engrossing study, was a fixture of seventeenth-century culture, although not in the romantics’ familiar sense. By re- visiting the once common view of imagination as the faculty that permits thought about the physical world, he demonstrates the prevalence of “embodied thought” in the era of disembodied Cartesian reason. In antiquity, we learn in the introduction, imagination mediated between the sensory world and intellect. From the later Stoics’ prescriptions for managing this faculty, Lyons derives several key themes: death, the inner retreat, and the broad accessibility of will-directed imagination. e Th r fi st two chapters of this book strikingly juxtapose the doubter Montaigne and the orthodox François de Sales, whose inu fl ential adaptations of stoic prac - tices Lyons relates to ancien régime civilité—the ability to carry on an indepen- dent inner life behind a polite veneer. While acknowledging the epistemological challenges the Essais http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Before Imagination: Embodied Thought from Montaigne to Rousseau (review)

The Comparatist , Volume 31 – May 29, 2007

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University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © 2007 the Southern Comparative Literature Association.
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Romanian version translated into English, whose publication would be a real event for theater lovers on both sides of the Atlantic. u Dartmouth College r oxana v erona John D. Lyons, Before Imagination: Embodied Thought from Montaigne to Rousseau Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 25,00 xvii +299 pp. Imagination, John Lyons argues in this engrossing study, was a fixture of seventeenth-century culture, although not in the romantics’ familiar sense. By re- visiting the once common view of imagination as the faculty that permits thought about the physical world, he demonstrates the prevalence of “embodied thought” in the era of disembodied Cartesian reason. In antiquity, we learn in the introduction, imagination mediated between the sensory world and intellect. From the later Stoics’ prescriptions for managing this faculty, Lyons derives several key themes: death, the inner retreat, and the broad accessibility of will-directed imagination. e Th r fi st two chapters of this book strikingly juxtapose the doubter Montaigne and the orthodox François de Sales, whose inu fl ential adaptations of stoic prac - tices Lyons relates to ancien régime civilité—the ability to carry on an indepen- dent inner life behind a polite veneer. While acknowledging the epistemological challenges the Essais

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Published: May 29, 2007

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