Enthusiasm and Enlightenment in Europe, 1650-1850

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These essays on the shifting content and value attached to "enthusiasm" treat a particular historical question and at the same time pose a general challenge to our methodological expectations. The contributors (Peter Fenves, Jan Goldstein, Lawrence E. Klein, Jon Mee, J. G. A. Pocock, Mary D. Sheriff, and Anthony J. La Vopa) study the discourses of religion, psychology, aesthetics, politics, and philosophy in which "enthusiasm" figured as a key term?often a pejorative by which various forms of orthodoxy sought to...
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These essays on the shifting content and value attached to "enthusiasm" treat a particular historical question and at the same time pose a general challenge to our methodological expectations. The contributors (Peter Fenves, Jan Goldstein, Lawrence E. Klein, Jon Mee, J. G. A. Pocock, Mary D. Sheriff, and Anthony J. La Vopa) study the discourses of religion, psychology, aesthetics, politics, and philosophy in which "enthusiasm" figured as a key term—often a pejorative by which various forms of orthodoxy sought to establish their authority, sometimes a desideratum attached to intellectual, spiritual, or artistic inspiration. By tracing these often parallel discourses in France, Germany, and England, the essays establish the value of a transnational framework for the issues of secularization and modernity, one that draws on the perspectives of intellectual as well as social and political history.
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Seven essays from a May 1996 workshop at UCLA discuss various aspects of 's field of meanings. From the introduction: "Although today a mild and innocuous word, was, from the Reformation through the nineteenth century, a term of great power with a wide range of referents." The contributors are academics at various American universities and one British university whose interests include looking at art, literature, philosophy, and political thought in historical context. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780873282000
  • Publisher: Huntington Library Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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Lawrence E. Klein, who teaches history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is the author of Shaftesbury and the Culture of Politeness: Moral Discourse and Cultural Politics in Early-Eighteenth-Century England. He has also edited the third earl of Shaftesbury's Characteristics for Cambridge University Press.
Anthony J. La Vopa, who teaches history at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, is currently a fellow at the National Humanities Center. He is the author of a number of articles on eighteenth-century German social and intellectual history, and of Grace, Talent, and Merit: Poor Students, Clerical Careers, and Professional Ideology in Eighteenth-Century Germany. He is working on a biography of Johann Gottlieb Fichte.
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