Thinking, Feeling, Knowing in Early Modern France

Thinking, Feeling, Knowing in Early Modern France
1 February 2019, 9.30am - 5.30pm
Conference / Symposium
Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB

A One-Day Colloquium organised by Raphaële Mouren (Warburg Institute) and John O’Brien (Durham University).

This conference will re-visit the relationship between thinking, feeling and knowing in 16th Century France, examining history of ideas, cultural history and vernacular literature, inviting historians of ideas and the emotions, specialists of cognitive theory, and scholars of vernacular literature.

Using specific case studies, we shall ask questions such as:

  • What relationship existed between these themes? Was the knowledge deriving from feeling considered of a different kind and order from the knowledge derived from thinking?
  • What non-inductive forms of writing were thought to afford valuable knowledge?  What was the significance of such kinds of knowledge?
  • What types of cognition are implied by instinct and intuition? How are these expressed and valued in early modern French works?
  • What modern methodologies best account for Renaissance forms of thinking, feeling and knowing?

Speakers: Éric Méchoulan (Montréal), Michael Moriarty (Cambridge), Katherine Ibbett (Oxford), Tim Chesters (Cambridge), Kathryn Banks (Durham), Sara Miglietti (Warburg).


10.00 Registration

10.25 Raphaële Mouren and John O’Brien: Welcome

10.30 Éric Méchoulan (Montréal): ‘Metanoia: From Vasari to Montaigne’

11.20 Timothy Chesters (Cambridge): ‘Facing Montluc: Countenance and Imagination in the Commentaires

12.10 Kathryn Banks (Durham): ‘Feeling and Knowing in Rabelais’

13.00  Lunch

14.00 Sara Miglietti (Warburg Institute): ‘“Just Like Mirrors”: Contemplation and Reflection in Bodin’s Paradoxon


14.50 Michael Moriarty (Cambridge): ‘Pascal:  Apologetics and the esprit de finesse

15.40 Refreshments

16.00  Katherine Ibbett (Oxford): ‘Reading the Waters, or How the French Came to Know American Rivers’


16.50 John O’Brien:  Summary and Conclusions

17.00 Close and Reception

Image credit : Dürer, Erasmus of Rotterdam, 1526

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