The paper examines some aspects of the relationship that the Fourth Book of Filangieri’s La Scienza della Legislazione (1785) has with the pedagogical theory proposed by Rousseau in his Émile (1762). While distancing himself from Rousseau and preferring public education to private education, Filangieri often refers to Émile and quotes it extensively. This is the case of the pages dedicated by Filangieri to the fear of the dark, its causes and means to prevent it through the experience of darkness that children can achieve if they are accustomed to play at night. Exemplifying the problem through reference to a narrative sequence extracted from the report of Cook’s third voyage, Filangieri integrates Rousseau’s thought with Buffon’s ideas and discusses the link between nocturnal optical illusions, imagination, and polytheist superstition. Filangieri thus builds a focused synthesis of the debates and contributions of eighteenth-century culture, in view of renewal of social reform projects.

FILANGIERI, ROUSSEAU E I GIOCHI NOTTURNI. «PUBBLICA EDUCAZIONE» E SINTESI ILLUMINISTA

carmelo colangelo
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
2022

Abstract

The paper examines some aspects of the relationship that the Fourth Book of Filangieri’s La Scienza della Legislazione (1785) has with the pedagogical theory proposed by Rousseau in his Émile (1762). While distancing himself from Rousseau and preferring public education to private education, Filangieri often refers to Émile and quotes it extensively. This is the case of the pages dedicated by Filangieri to the fear of the dark, its causes and means to prevent it through the experience of darkness that children can achieve if they are accustomed to play at night. Exemplifying the problem through reference to a narrative sequence extracted from the report of Cook’s third voyage, Filangieri integrates Rousseau’s thought with Buffon’s ideas and discusses the link between nocturnal optical illusions, imagination, and polytheist superstition. Filangieri thus builds a focused synthesis of the debates and contributions of eighteenth-century culture, in view of renewal of social reform projects.
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