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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics

 

Professor Michael Moriarty

Michael Moriarty
Position(s): 
Drapers Professor of French
Graduate Teaching and Examining Officer (French)
Department/Section: 
French
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1223 338254
College: 
Location: 

Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge
CB3 9DA
United Kingdom

About: 

Michael Moriarty is Drapers Professor of French and a Professorial Fellow of Peterhouse. He is a graduate of St John’s College. From 1982 to 1995 he was a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, and from 1986 to 1995 a University Lecturer in French. Between 1995 and 2011 he was Professor of French at Queen Mary, University of London. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

Teaching interests: 

Early modern French literature (16th to 18th centuries). 

Intellectual history.

Research interests: 

History of French thought, 16th to 18th centuries, especially Descartes and Pascal.

Seventeenth-century French literature.

Professor Moriarty welcomes inquiries from potential MPhil and PhD students with research interests relevant to his interests.

Recent research projects: 

A study of Pascal’s religious thought.

Published works: 

Taste and Ideology in Seventeenth-Century France (Cambridge University Press, 1988)

Roland Barthes (Polity Press, 1991)

Early Modern French Thought: the Age of Suspicion (Oxford University Press, 2003)

Fallen Nature, Fallen Selves: Early Modern French Thought II (Oxford University Press, 2006)

Disguised Vices: Theories of Virtue in Early Modern French Thought (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Pascal: Reasoning and Belief (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020)

 

Co-edited with Nicholas Hammond:

Evocations of Eloquence: Rhetoric, Literature and Religion in Early Modern France; A Festschrift for Peter Bayley (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2012).

Co-edited with Jeremy Jennings:

The Cambridge History of French Thought (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019)