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Nineteenth-Century French philosophy – The Spiritualist Tradition and its Critics

Symposium
From 14 to September 15, 2017
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Nineteenth-century French philosophy, among Anglophone philosophers at least, is much less well known than the German, British or North-American thinking of the same period. Henri Bergson’s celebrity early in the twentieth century produced several English-language studies of his precursors, but the decline of Bergson’s influence left the ‘spiritualist’ tradition that he develops in an almost complete obscurity.

This tradition, as a result of the administrative efforts of Victor Cousin in establishing philosophy in France as an academic discipline, represented official doctrine in French universities from the 1830s until well into the twentieth century. Recently, however, renewed interest in this tradition has been occasioned by, in particular, translations of the work of Pierre Maine de Biran and Félix Ravaisson. This conference aims to develop this interest and to determine what there is of philosophical importance within nineteenth-centur y French philosophy.

Confirmed speakers : Patrice Vermeren (Paris 8) and Pierre-François Moreau (ENS Lyon) as keynote speakers ; Lucie Rey (Paris 8), Delphine Antoine-Mahut (ENS Lyon), Tullio Viola (Berlin), Giuseppe Bianco (Lyon III), Jeremy Dunham (Sheffield), Daniel Whistler (Liverpool).

Organisers : Delphine Antoine-Mahut (ENS, Lyon, IHRIM, UMR 5317, CERPHI), Mark Sinclair (MMU)

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