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The Post-Revolutionary Self: Politics and Psyche in France, 1750–1850
by Jan Goldstein
Harvard University Press, 2005
Paper: 978-0-674-02769-5 | eISBN: 978-0-674-03778-6 | Cloth: 978-0-674-01680-4
Library of Congress Classification BF697.5.S65G65 2005
Dewey Decimal Classification 155.2094409033

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In the wake of the French Revolution, as attempts to restore political stability to France repeatedly failed, a group of concerned intellectuals identified a likely culprit: the prevalent sensationalist psychology, and especially the flimsy and fragmented self it produced. They proposed a vast, state-run pedagogical project to replace sensationalism with a new psychology that showcased an indivisible and actively willing self, or moi. As conceived and executed by Victor Cousin, this long-lived project singled out the male bourgeoisie for training in selfhood --Cousin and his disciples deemed workers and women incapable of the introspective finesse necessary to appropriate that self in practice.

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