Encyclopedia of Early Modern Philosophy and the Sciences

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Salonnières, Les

  • John J. ConleyEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-20791-9_412-1

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Gender, Free will, Literature, Metaphysics, Nature, Salon, Virtue, Women


In seventeenth- and eighteenth-century France the salon served as a venue for the philosophical formation of and communication among women. Usually presided over by an aristocratic woman, the salon encouraged polite and cultured conversation among its female and male members. The more intellectually ambitious salons featured public readings of works-in-progress, scientific demonstrations, philosophical lectures, and debates on the philosophical controversies of the moment. The theories of Descartes and, later, the theories of the philosophes were especially popular in salon circles. The more literary salons often encouraged their members to participate in the creation of works written in a particular genre. The salon of Mademoiselle Montpensier focused on the production of portraits moraux while Madame de Sablé’s specialized in the creation of maximes. Particular salons pursued...

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  1. 1.Loyola University MarylandBaltimoreUSA

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  • Ruth Hagengruber
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  1. 1.Institut für Humanwissenschaften, PhilosophieUniversität PaderbornPaderbornDeutschland