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"L'usage, le monde et ma propre experience ne m'ont que trop appris" : Lire Anne-Therese de Lambert

Abstract : If Anne-Thérèse de Lambert (1647 – 1733) is ignored nowadays as an author, it’s because of an historiographical tradition that overrated her rank as a society woman compared to her literary work. However, she endeavoured for a lifetime to reconcile her position as an aristocrat and and her literary ambitions, while respecting conventions. Little by little, she built herself a unique stance as a society woman and a scholar. This helped her to hold some power in the sociability networks and in various institutions and to build a way of seeing the world. She reflects on the society she knows well, highlights inequalities and questions habits and biases, that she believed are harmful. While doing that, she builds a moral that fosters everyone to live for themselves, to thrive in the world and to be happy. More than an improvement of values, she mostly tries to understand the possibilities of an individual and collective happiness. Therefore, she expresses progressive ideas that are based on a strong culture and that also deploy to a challenging intellectual context , in the 1690s-1730s, which she develops by always debating and discussing with her contemporaries.
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Nadège Landon. "L'usage, le monde et ma propre experience ne m'ont que trop appris" : Lire Anne-Therese de Lambert. Littératures. Université de Lyon, 2020. Français. ⟨NNT : 2020LYSES025⟩. ⟨tel-03187811⟩

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