David Hume in Paris: Reading a Friendship

Queen Mary Eighteenth-Century Studies Seminar
Wed 13 March 2013

Prof Tony LaVopa (North Carolina State University)

The paper explores the intimate (and unlikely) friendship between David Hume and the Comtesse de Boufflers in Paris in 1763-65. It asks what Hume's imagined life with the Countess might tell us about the strains between his efforts to articulate a new ethos for the Scottish "Middle Station" and his very un-Scottish (and un-English) fondness for the culture of politeness and gallantry in le monde in Paris. Such an inquiry, the paper argues, provides a new angle of approach to one of Hume's central concerns: the relationship between Nature and social artifice.

Time: 5.00-7.00pm

Venue: Seminar Room, Lock-Keepers Cottage Graduate Centre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, London, E1 4NS

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Convenors: Prof Markman Ellis, English (m.ellis@qmul.ac.uk); Prof Colin Jones, History (c.d.h.jones@qmul.ac.uk); Prof Miles Ogborn, Geography (m.j.ogborn@qmul.ac.uk); Prof Barbara Taylor, English and History (b.g.taylor@qmul.ac.uk); Prof Amanda Vickery, History (a.vickery@qmul.ac.uk).

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