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Suominen, V. (2019). Gabriel Naudé: a librarian and a libertin between the Huguenot Wars and the Enlightenment. Informaatiotutkimus, 38(1).

Gabriel Naudé : a librarian and a libertin between the Huguenot Wars and the Enlightenment

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Author: Suominen, Vesa1
Organizations: 1Oulun yliopisto
Format: article
Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Informaatiotutkimuksen yhdistys, 2019
Publish Date: 2019-09-12


The article suggests a perspective for considering the tension between (i) the authoritarian — perhaps even in a sense ‘Machiavellian’ — political ideas of Gabriel Naudé in Considerations politiques sur coups d’etat, on one hand, and (ii) his at least assumingly liberal ideas of the library in Advis pour dresser une bibliothèque. The study starts from the review of the frame constituted by Naudé’s personality and political thought, which we, in turn, could best understand in the light of his own time and the history before him, including the history of political thought and particularly the aftermath of the French wars of religion (so-called Huguenot Wars) in the sixteenth century. The person of Naudé thus conceived of together with some developments after him until the end of the ancien régime and the Great Revolution of France — such as the Habermasian bourgeois public sphere — could be a frame for specifying the significance of Naudé’s thought about the library.

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Series: Informaatiotutkimus
ISSN: 1797-9137
ISSN-E: 1797-9129
ISSN-L: 1797-9137
Volume: 38
Issue: 1
Pages: 24 - 48
DOI: 10.23978/inf.79889
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 518 Media and communications
Copyright information: This article is licensed under the terms of the CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 -license.