The next seminar of the Travel and Mobility Studies research network at Warwick:
Thursday 5th December 2013, 5.15 – 6.15 in the Wolfson Reseach Exchange
‘Finitude before finitude: the case of Rousseau-Bougainville-Diderot’
Benoît Dillet (Centre for Critical Thought, University of Kent)
Tahiti is synonymous with a long history of exoticism in French thought. Soon after the publication of Bougainville’s travel accounts, it quickly became rightly or wrongly the epitome of Rousseau’s state of nature, and also led to the development of anthropology before anthropology. In this paper, I attempt to reconstruct the discussion between Rousseau, Bougainville and Diderot about exoticism and otherness, and examine the consequences of the ‘discovery’ of Tahiti for French thought at the time.
Benoît Dillet holds a PhD in political philosophy from the University of Kent, Canterbury (UK), he is the co-editor of Technologiques: La Pharmacie de Bernard Stiegler (Cécile Defaut, 2013) and The Edinburgh Companion to Poststructuralism (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2013).