The Philosophy of French Society

“Of course, since Descartes and the 17th Century there have been other French philosophers and many of them have turned their attention to the processes of human thought but the Cartesian legacy is still very important in the French intellectual tradition. In a Cartesian society, everything is ordered according to clear, precise, mathematical, scientific principles, and everything is in hierarchy.”

-Book critic Robert Adams discusses the novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery on TVO’s “Big Ideas.” See more recent podcast picks.

(h/t @contextual_life)

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