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Transmutations of Alchemy: John Law and Economic Theology in Regency France

Date and Time: 
Thursday, January 15, 2015. 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Stanford Humanities Center Board Room
Seminar on the Enlightenment and Revolution, 1660-1830
Meeting Description: 
About the speaker:
Charly Coleman, assistant professor, specializes in the history of eighteenth-century France, with a particular emphasis on the intersections between religion and Enlightenment thought. Before coming to Columbia, he taught at the University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis. His first book, The Virtues of Abandon, traces a far-ranging current of anti-individualism that infiltrated theology, philosophy, and politics from the final years of the reign of Louis XIV to the Revolution of 1789. He is currently at work on a project that examines the mechanisms and modes of belief at work in the spiritual, political, and economic lives of French subjects during the eighteenth century.
Meeting description:
Professor Coleman will address the introduction of paper money to Regency France and trace the ways that financial operations were discussed in religious and alchemical terms.