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The Enlightenment : a genealogy

The Enlightenment : a genealogy

Author: Dan Edelstein
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
In this concise, bold, and innovative book, Dan Edelstein offers us an original account of the Enlightenment. It convincingly argues that the Enlightenment is above all a narrative about social and cultural changes and that its origins can be found in the Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns. Therefore, by reconsidering the importance of the French esprit philosophique in the Euroean Enlightenment, this book will  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dan Edelstein
ISBN: 9780226184470 0226184471 9780226184494 0226184498
OCLC Number: 531718894
Description: xii, 209 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Interpreting the Enlightenment: on methods --
A map of the Enlightenment: whither France? --
The spirit of the moderns: from the new science to the Enlightenment --
Society, the subject of the modern story --
Quarrel in the Academy: the ancients strike back --
Humanism and Enlightenment: the classical style of the philosophes --
The philosophical spirit of the laws: politics and antiquity --
An ancient god: pagans and philosophers --
Post tenebras lux: Begriffsgeschichte or regime d'historicité? --
Ancients and the Orient: translatio imperii --
Enlightened institutions (i): the royal academies versus the Republic of Letters --
Enlightened institutions (ii): universities, censorship, and public instruction --
Worldliness, politeness, and the importance of not being too radical --
From Enlightenment to Revolution: a shared history? --
France and the European Enlightenment --
Modern myths.
Responsibility: Dan Edelstein.


What was the Enlightenment? Seeking to recover where, when, and how the concept of 'the Enlightenment' first emerged, this title departs from genealogies that trace it back to political and  Read more...


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