The Phantom of Chance

From Fortune to Randomness in Seventeenth-Century French Literature
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ISBN-13:
9780748645152
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
30.11.2011
Seiten:
240
Autor:
John D. Lyons
Gewicht:
502 g
Format:
234x165x20 mm
Serie:
Edinburgh Critical Studies in Renaissance Culture
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Preface: The Phantom of Chance; Starting in the middle of things; The end of fortune and the rise of chance; Acknowledgements; Series Editor's Foreword; Introduction; The tradition of chance; Aristotle and the third type of event; Fortuna and casus; Boethius and the wheel of fortune; Machiavelli and the dissolution of fortune; Montaigne and the sceptical challenge; 1. Fortune, Mistress of Events: Corneille and the Poetics of Tragedy; Chance as cornerstone of poetics; Clitandre, and the poetics of gratuity; Le Cid and the management of chance; Miracles in everyday life; 2. God in a World of Chance: Pascal's Pensees and Lettres provinciales; The Random human condition; From probability to frequency in the Provinciales; The coming of the Messiah was not an effect of chance; When the game is over; 3. From Chance Events to Improbable Actions: Lafayette and the Novel; The shipwreck of romance; Everyday encounters; Silent Chance; 4. The God of Suspense: Bossuet's providential history and Racine's Athalie; God's anamorphic history; Racine's tragedy of errors; 5. An Accidental World: La Bruyere's Caracteres; The Heart; Occasion; Love; Machines; Fashion; Index.
Provides a new account of the crucial shift from the classical and medieval conception of Fortune to the modern notion of chance or randomness.

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