Ripensare il libertinage europeo

Autore: Giovanni Ruocco
In: Storica. 49 • anno XVII, 2011
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Rethinking European libertinage
Didier Foucault’s book is a good example of recent developments in the historiography of European libertinage. It looks at a broad historical period, from the 12th to the 18th centuries, and overcomes the traditional division between intellectual and moral libertinage. This essay discusses his perspective, taking advantage of Jean-Pierre Cavaillé’s latest historiographical studies, while showing the risks of a generalized use of terms like libertine, libertinage, libertinisme in the history of Western philosophy.