Rival Enlightenments: Civil and Metaphysical Philosophy in Early Modern Germany

Rival Enlightenments: Civil and Metaphysical Philosophy in Early Modern Germany

by Ian Hunter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521792657

ISBN-13: 9780521792653

Pub. Date: 02/01/2001

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Rival Enlightenments is a major reinterpretation of early modern German intellectual history. Ian Hunter treats the civil philosophy of Pufendorf and Thomasius and the metaphysical philosophy of Leibniz and Kant as rival intellectual cultures or paideia, thereby challenging all histories premised on Kant's supposed reconciliation and transcendence of the field.

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Rival Enlightenments is a major reinterpretation of early modern German intellectual history. Ian Hunter treats the civil philosophy of Pufendorf and Thomasius and the metaphysical philosophy of Leibniz and Kant as rival intellectual cultures or paideia, thereby challenging all histories premised on Kant's supposed reconciliation and transcendence of the field. This landmark study argues that the marginalization of civil philosophy in post-Kantian philosophical history may itself illustrate the continuing struggle between the rival enlightenments. Combining careful scholarship with vivid polemic, Hunter presents penetrating insights for philosophers and historians alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521792653
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2001
Series:
Ideas in Context Series, #60
Pages:
426
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.06(d)
Lexile:
1600L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; List of abbreviations and texts used; Note on conventions; Introduction; Part I. Rival Enlightenments: 1. University metaphysics; 2. Civil philosophy; Part II. Civil and Metaphysical Philosophy: 3. Leibniz' political metaphysics; 4. Pufendorf's civil philosophy; 5. Thomasius and the desacralisation of politics; 6. Kant and the preservation of metaphysics; Postscript: the kingdom of truth and the civil kingdom; List of references; Index.

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