Unigenitus, Jesuits, and the French Enlightenment
Dr. Catherine Maire (CNRS, Paris)
Jeffrey Burson (Georgia Southern University)
14 May 2021
The Jesuit History Research Group
Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto
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The French Enlightenment was marked by bitter polemics about the role of Church and State. Instead of uniting the Church, the Papal Bull Unigenitus (1713) cemented divisions between the Jansenists, the Jesuits, the Papacy, the Gallican Church, the Crown, and the Parlements. Positions and alliances shifted constantly, and the consequences played out in the political and intellectual circles that shaped the French Enlightenment.
Our guests have both recently published books on these issues. Catherine Maire (CNRS, Paris) published L’Église dans l’État. Politique et Religion dans la France des Lumières and Jeffrey Burson (Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA) published The Culture of Enlightening: Abbé Claude Yvon and the Entangled Emergence of the Enlightenment (both in 2019).
The conversation will be bilingual and moderated by Andreas Motsch, JHRG, Toronto.
Jesuit History Research Group, Jackman Humanities Institute