Ioana Manea - Narr Francke Attempto Verlag

Politics and Scepticism in La Mothe Le Vayer

The Two-Faced Philosopher?


The book aims at bringing a significant contribution to the study of a prestigious figure of the French 17th century who, thanks to his intellectual achievements, became involved with the leading politicians of the time, including Cardinal Richelieu and the future Louis XIV. Unlike the previous critical studies about La Mothe Le Vayer, the book does not study exclusively the works in which he seemed to undermine the political order, but also takes into account the series of educational treatises that he wrote for the prince between 1640-1658. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, which involves philosophical and literary concepts, the book is likely to deal with a question that could not be more relevant nowadays: should an intellectual who perceives the failings of the political order withdraw into the solitude of his library or get involved in politics in order to try to improve it?

Former pensionnaire étrangère of the École Normale Supérieure, Ioana Manea earned a PhD degree from Paris-Sorbonne University. After the completion of her doctoral thesis, she was awarded a series of postdoctoral fellowships in Switzerland, France and Germany