Shadow of Enlightenment: Optical and Political Transparency in France 1789-1848 Theresa Levitt

ISBN: 9781281978707

Published: March 26th 2009

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200 pages


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Shadow of Enlightenment: Optical and Political Transparency in France 1789-1848  by  Theresa Levitt

Shadow of Enlightenment: Optical and Political Transparency in France 1789-1848 by Theresa Levitt
March 26th 2009 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 200 pages | ISBN: 9781281978707 | 10.11 Mb

This book is the first to place revolutionary advances in light and optics in the cultural context of France in the first half of the nineteenth century. The narrative follows the work and careers of Frances two chief rivals on the subject of light:MoreThis book is the first to place revolutionary advances in light and optics in the cultural context of France in the first half of the nineteenth century.

The narrative follows the work and careers of Frances two chief rivals on the subject of light: Arago and Biot. Their disagreement began on the subject of technical optics, but expanded to include politics, religion, agricultural policy, education, dinner companions, housing arrangements, photography, railroads, vital forces, astrology, the Egyptian calendar, and colonial slavery.

At the heart of their disagreement was always a question of visibility, and the extent of transparency or obscurity they assigned to the world. Optical transparency formed a crucial condition for Aragos vision of a liberal republic governed by reason. Biots call for strong forms of authority rested on his claims that the world did not offer itself up for universal agreement so easily.



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