N.1/2017 Figure della Maturità
Il momento felice: la maturità come armonia tra passioni e ragione nel pensiero di Diderot
Université Jules Verne, Picardie
Published in June, 2017
The happy moment: maturity as harmony between passions and reason in Diderot’s thought
Diderot outlines the question of maturity in many places of his works. He intends maturity as emancipation of the individual and of the people. Only with an education to strengthen the autonomous use of reason, this process of self-improvement could be successful. However maturity is also interpreted like a happy moment during the life, among youth and oldness, when the subject finds the right balance between imagination and reason, poetry and philosophy. A similar dynamic characterizes the people and their artistic productions. The effort of Diderot is to contribute to the emancipation of people by the diffusion of Enlightenment with the Encyclopédie, with plans for public instruction, but especially by theorisation and composition of Bourgeois’ dramas.
Maturity, Diderot, Enlightenment, Philosophy and Poetry, Bourgeois’ theatre.