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The Pursuit of Laziness:
An Idle Interpretation of the Enlightenment
Pierre Saint-Amand
Translated by Jennifer Curtiss Gage

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"We have become accustomed to thinking of the Enlightenment as aligned with industry, labor, and disciplined bodies. But in this book, Saint-Amand deftly opens the door to a different--and indeed contrary--vision of philosophy and letters in the eighteenth-century: one that is fascinated by idleness, suspicious of the value of work for work's sake, and invested in indolence. In this unique and compelling account, familiar figures emerge into a new light, and lesser-known writers suddenly command our attention."--James Steintrager, University of California, Irvine

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