Satire and Philosophy II (Nantes)

Following the colloquium “Satire and Philosophy I” (University of Clermont Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, 12-13 May 2022), this colloquium questions the multifaceted relationships between satirical discourses and philosophical discourses from antiquity to the end of the 18th century: in philosophical debates or sarcasm and satirical tone in arguments; the inclusion or exclusion of laughter in the realm of serious thought; philosophical satires; satires of philosophy and philosophers; hybrid texts; the ethical purposes of satire… the many possible configurations that the participants of this symposium intend to enumerate, describe, and compare, placed under the auspices of the Diogenes lantern and wand.


At Château du Tertre, room 104 – campus Tertre

1:30 p.m.: Welcome

14:00: Presentation of the colloquium

14.15-15.00: Conference (keynote)

– Bénédicte Delignon (University of Paris Nanterre): “To put an end to the philosophical eclecticism of Roman satire? »

15:00 – 16:15: Philosophical laughter from antiquity

– Pierre Destrée (University of Louvain): “Epicurean laughter: between violent satire and the joy of good humor”

– Suzanne Husson (Paris Sorbonne University): “Laughing at Empire: Satire and Cynic Parrhesia under the Roman Empire.”

A break

16:30-17:45: Mummy Renaissance

– Nicolas Correard (University of Nantes): “Alberti the Lucianist: Momus, a satire of philosophy or a philosophical satire of religion? »

– Raffaele Carbone (U. Federico II Napoli): “Criticism, irony and ignorance in Giordano Bruno”


At Château du Tertre, room 104 – campus Tertre

9:00 – 10:45: Controversial, laughing, philosophy

– Alice Lamy (CPGE): “The Philosophical and Doctrinal Value of Satire in the Polemical Writings of the Universities of Oxford, Paris and Prague from Jean Huss to Jean Gerson (1401-1416)”

– Hélène Dubaille (University of Nanterre): “Scholastic Folly, Humane Wisdom: On the Letters of Dark Men”

– Bruno Méniel (University of Nantes): “Menippe the Satyr (1593-1594) and Philosophy”

A break

11:00 – 12:15: Skepticism and satire

– Olivier Guerrier (Toulouse II Jean Jaurès University/IUF): “The ‘philosophical’ productivity of satire in Montaigne’s Essays”

– Enrico Piergiacomi (Bruno Kessler Trento Foundation): “Universal Histrionics. Pierre Gassendi’s (Skeptic) Praise of Stupidity »

To eat lunch

13:45 – 14:30: Main conference

– Pascal Debailly (Paris Cité University): “Satire and philosophy in classical satire in poetry”

14:30 – 15:45: Philosophical-satirical inspirations

– Come de La Bouillerie (University of Strasbourg): “Satire, philosophy and novel creation in the works of Jean Barclay”

– Jean-Charles Darmon (ENS/Paris Sciences et Lettres): “Between the power of satire and acts of subversion: epicurean variations in poetic sources according to Théophile de Viau”

A break

16:00 – 17:15: Bite of wisdom

– Karine Durin (University of Nantes): “Quevedo Philosopher”

– Damien Fortin (Sorbonne University): “The ‘mastiff’ of Parnassus: Boileau under the guise of Diogenes”


MSH Ange Guépin, Simone Weil amphitheater – Nantes city center

9:00 – 10:45: Irony and modern philosophies

– Henri de Montvallier (CPGE): “Irony and Satire in Malebranche’s Quest for Truth”

– Eric Marker (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University): “Hobbes and Fairyland”

– Guilhem Armand (University of Reunion): “Diderot and Satire”

A break

11:00 – 11:45: Main conference

– Pascal Engel (EHESS): “Swift: satire and moral knowledge”

To eat lunch

13:45 – 15:30: Satire, philosophy, morality

– Charles-Olivier Stiker-Métral (University of Lille): “The influence of satire and moral philosophy in the second half of the 17th century. »

– Andy Serin (EPHE): “Against the Right of Satire, Pierre Bayle (1646-1707)”

– Angélique Thébert (University of Nantes): “Irony and Common Sense in Reid and Shaftesbury”

15:30-16:00: Conclusions of the colloquium.

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