Rival Enlightenments: Civil and Metaphysical Philosophy in Early Modern Germany

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"...we should thank Hunter for a provocative and valuable book..." Paul Saurette, University of Ottawa

"Hunter's rereading of German intellectual history is original and controversial..." Review of Metaphysics

"Rival Enlightenments is a study of the German Enlightenment by one of the leading scholars of the history of European political, legal, and moral philosophy. It is a work of outstanding scholarship and originality." Economy and Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521025492
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Series: Ideas in Context Series , #60
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 428
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Hunter is Professor of Humanities and Founding Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations and texts used
Note on conventions
Introduction 1
Pt. I Rival Enlightenments
1 University metaphysics 33
2 Civil philosophy 63
Pt. II Civil and Metaphysical Philosophy
3 Leibniz's political metaphysics 95
4 Pufendorf's civil philosophy 148
5 Thomasius and the desacralisation of politics 197
6 Kant and the preservation of metaphysics 274
Postscript: The kingdom of truth and the civil kingdom 364
List of references 377
Index 392
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