The final Besterman Enlightenment Workshop of the term will be held on Monday, 7 March 2016 (Eighth Week), at 5 p.m., at the Voltaire Foundation (99 Banbury Road). J. B. Shank (University of Minnesota) will be speaking ‘On the Pursuit of Utility at the Académie Royale des Sciences: A Reconsideration of Its Origins’. Robin Briggs (University of Oxford) will respond to his paper.
We suggest (but by no means require) that attendees read in advance Robin Briggs’s article, ‘The Académie Royale des Sciences and the Pursuit of Utility’, in the journal Past & Present, no. 131 (May 1991), pp. 38-88. The article is available online via JSTOR.
Tea, coffee, and biscuits will be served.