Maria Laura Lanzillo

A Candide-like happiness. The vicissitudes of bourgeois conscience during French Enlightenment.

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Keywords: Happiness, Voltaire, Human Conscience, Social Relationships.

The essay talks over the success of the thinking on bonheur in the Eighteenth Century France and over its contradictions, paying particular attention to Voltaire thought. The discourse on happiness ends to be just an enquiry of human conscience and of social relationships, since bonheur becomes one of the goals of associated life. However, it is just the quest of happiness which leads to recognition of some pathologies of the soul, like restlessness, boredom, sadism.

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