Conference on Marie le Jars de Gournay, 1-2 April, Lyon.

Gournay philosophe / Gournay philosopher

A Conference on Marie le Jars de Gournay (1565-1645)

1–2 April 2020

Institut d’Histoire des Représentationset des Idées dans les Modernités

Université Jean Moulin-Lyon 3


Writer, translator, editor, linguist, critic, literary theorist, Marie le Jars de Gournay (1565-1645) is already recognized as a woman of letters. She is generally associated with philosophy through her relationship with Montaigne and La Mothe Le Vayer. This raises the question about the role of skepticism in her thought. But reading her work also requires understanding her uses of Platonism and Aristotelianism. In fact Gournay offers extensive ethical, theological and political reflections on human nature and society, with a clear philosophical depth. The aims of this conference are to consider Marie le Jars de Gournay (1565-1645) as a philosopher and to explore the philosophical influences in Gournay’s work.



Telma Birchal , Mawy Bouchard, Montserrat Cabre Pairet, Derval Conroy, Philippe Desan, Marguerite Deslauriers, Michèle Fogel, Sarah Hutton, Isabelle Krier, Justine Le Floc’h, Margaret Matthews, Monika Malinowska, Marie-Frédérique Pellegrin

Helena Taylor, Clément Raymond, Amirpasha Tavakkoli


Organiser: Marie-Frédérique Pellegrin :


For the programme see


Comité scientifique: P. Desan, S. Ebbersmeyer, E. Ferrari, I Garnier, T. Gontier, R. Hagengruber, S. Hutton, M.-F. Pellegrin L. Shapiro.


The conference is supported by Labex-Comod, IHRIM-Lyon3, IHRIM, Projet bourgeon université Lyon3.

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