Postmodernism and the Enlightenment: New Perspectives in Eighteenth-Century French Intellectual History [NOOK Book]

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Why is postmodernist discourse so biased against the Enlightenment? Indeed, postmodern theory challenges the validity of the rational basis of modern historical scholarship and the Enlightenment itself. Rather than avoiding this conflict, the contributors to this vibrant collection return to the philosophical roots of the Enlightenment, and do not hesitate to look at them through a postmodernist lens, engaging issues like anti-Semitism, Utopianism, colonial legal codes, and ideas of authorship. Dismissing the ...
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Postmodernism and the Enlightenment: New Perspectives in Eighteenth-Century French Intellectual History

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Overview

Why is postmodernist discourse so biased against the Enlightenment? Indeed, postmodern theory challenges the validity of the rational basis of modern historical scholarship and the Enlightenment itself. Rather than avoiding this conflict, the contributors to this vibrant collection return to the philosophical roots of the Enlightenment, and do not hesitate to look at them through a postmodernist lens, engaging issues like anti-Semitism, Utopianism, colonial legal codes, and ideas of authorship. Dismissing the notion that the two camps are ideologically opposed and thus incompatible, these essays demonstrate an exciting new scholarship that confidently mixes the empiricism of Enlightenment thought with a strong postmodernist skepticism, painting a subtler and richer historical canvas.
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Considering the Enlightenment not as the outworn Other that postmodernism defines itself by opposing, but rather a surviving heritage that postmodernism itself must locate itself within, US scholars of history and literature explore such topics as Montesquieu in the Caribbean: the colonial Enlightenment between and ; the of Denis Diderot as an 18th-century time machine; and reproducing Utopia: Jeanne-Maria Leprince de Beaumont's . All but one of the 11 essays first appeared in volume 25 (summer 1999), some in earlier form. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136696282
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/14/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 236
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Daniel Gordon is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is author of Citizens without Sovereignty: Equality and Sociability in French Thought, 1670-1789 and translator and editor of Bedford/St. Martin's recent edition of Candide. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Postmodernism and the French Enlightenment 1
Montesquieu in the Caribbean: The Colonial Enlightenment Between Code Noir and Code Civil 7
Man in the Mirror: Language, the Enlightenment, and the Postmodern 31
An Eighteenth-Century Time Machine: The Encyclopedia of Denis Diderot 45
Virtuous Economies: Modernity and Noble Expenditure from Montesquieu to Caillois 67
Rationalizing the Enlightenment: Postmodernism and Theories of Anti-Semitism 93
Writing the History of Censorship in the Age of Enlightenment 117
Reproducing Utopia: Jeanne-Marie Leprince De Beaumont's the New Clarissa 147
The Pre-Postmodernism of Carl Becker 161
Foucault, Nietzsche, Enlightenment: Some Historical Considerations 179
On the Supposed Obsolescence of the French Enlightenment 201
Contributors 223
Index 225
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