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Artisanal EnlightenmentScience and the Mechanical Arts in Old Regime France$
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Paola Bertucci

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300227413

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300227413.001.0001

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Society of Arts

Society of Arts

(p.104) Chapter 4 Society of Arts
Artisanal Enlightenment

Paola Bertucci

Yale University Press

This chapter considers the Société des Arts as a microcosm of overlapping networks modeled on the working practices of the artiste, particularly clock- and watchmakers. It compares the Société with other institutions of artisanal and intellectual sociability—such as guilds, royal academies, commercial societies, and the Republic of Letters—and reveals the role that the group played in the constitution of the Académie de Chirurgie in 1731. The chapter also offers a nuanced discussion of the relationship between the Société and the Académie des Sciences, and of the reasons that led to the early dissolution of the Société des Arts.

Keywords:   artiste, watchmakers, intellectual sociability, Société des Arts, Republic of Letters, Académie de Chirurgie

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