The outrageous ambition of Miller's texts is both in the attempt to include everything, but also to create a universe where one moves in and out of the imaginations of Gauguin, Van Gogh, and the encyclopedists
This work reads more akin to a Weberian approach, a la his analysis of the ideal-types of social action, or the work of Diderot and the Encyclopedists
, rather than approaching its topic in a manner closer to Merleau-Ponty or Schutz.
The true one was, in his opinion, first theorized by John Locke and then further developed in the papers of Josiah Tucker, Adam Ferguson, Adam Smith and Edmund Burke, whereas the false one was frequently used by physiocrats, the Encyclopedists
(11) and J.
believed that during the eighteenth century, scientific and intellectual progress was accelerating.
The Enlightenment started in France, where Voltaire (1694-1778) and the Encyclopedists
were its major proponents.
Matfre clearly did not take such a view; his Breviari constituted an unprecedented attempt to wed the highly allusive and formally complex love poetry of the troubadours to the exhaustive but prosaic erudition of the encyclopedists
, partly through direct quotations of the lyric.
This tradition of associating places with markers from sacred history perhaps found its clearest expression in the work of the encyclopedists
of the thirteenth century.
In the dreams of modern reason, from the Encyclopedists
and Jacobins in the eighteenth century to the socialists and anarchists of the nineteenth and twentieth, the Tower of Babel would be rebuilt, the whole restored.
On the other hand, the Encyclopedists
were dissatisfied with the partial and piecemeal perspectives of the truth they were accumulating, and yearned to make the Encyclopedia something more.
As the century wore on, spontaneous generation became increasingly associated with the encyclopedists
, materialism, atheism, and revolution.
Yet the Encyclopedists
follow in the Jesuit footsteps, echoing their dismissal of Lahontan's work because of his portrayal of American Indian critical views.
The image Newman repeated through much of his writing in order to communicate totality and perfection of knowledge--truly catholic knowledge--was one the Encyclopedists
would find, initially, familiar: the "whole circle" of doctrines and knowledge.