The Enlightenment and Modernity

The Enlightenment and Modernity

by NA NA, Robert Wokler
     
 

This collection of essays is addressed to the legacy of Enlightenment thought, with respect to eighteenth-century notions of human nature, human rights, representative democracy or the nation-state, and with regard to the barbarism, including the Holocaust, allegedly unleashed by eighteenth-century ideals of civilization. Each author offers an interpretation of

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This collection of essays is addressed to the legacy of Enlightenment thought, with respect to eighteenth-century notions of human nature, human rights, representative democracy or the nation-state, and with regard to the barbarism, including the Holocaust, allegedly unleashed by eighteenth-century ideals of civilization. Each author offers an interpretation of modern or postmodern philosophy against the background of a so-called Enlightenment Project, envisaged as the conceptual ghost that haunts modernity.

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This volume offers interpretations of modern and postmodern philosophers with the express intention of evaluating the influence of the Enlightenment on modern thought. Specialists in politics, philosophy, and government from Europe and Hong Kong present essays exploring ideas including Enlightenment notions of education, Kant as the "Arch-enlightener," teleological justifications (or not) of Enlightenment morality, English conservatism and Enlightenment rationalism, and the effects of the Enlightenment on modern politics and the nation-state. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312223854
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
03/11/2000
Edition description:
2000
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

Meet the Author

Norman Geras is Professor of Government at the University of Manchester.

Robert Wokler is Research Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Exeter.

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