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Artisanal Enlightenment: Science and the Mechanical Arts in Old Regime France

Paola Bertucci


What would the Enlightenment look like from the perspective of artistes, the learned artisans with esprit, who presented themselves in contrast to philosophers, savants, and routine-bound craftsmen? Making a radical change of historical protagonists, this book places the mechanical arts and the world of making at the heart of the Enlightenment. At a time of great colonial, commercial, and imperial concerns, artistes planned encyclopedic projects and sought an official role in the administration of the French state. The Société des Arts, which they envisioned as a state institution that would f ... More

Keywords: Enlightenment, artistes, artisans, mechanical arts, Société des Arts, improvement, utility, progress

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780300227413
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300227413.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paola Bertucci, author
Yale University