Enlightenment and Modernity

Enlightenment and Modernity


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Enlightenment and Modernity by N. Geras, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780333716502
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 12/08/1999
Edition description: 2000
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Notes on the Contributors Editor's Preface Introduction; R.Wokler PART I: INTERPRETING ENLIGHTENMENT PRINCIPLES The Sceptical Enlightenment: Philosopher Travellers look back at Europe; U.Vogel Education Can Do All; G.Parry Kant: The Arch-enlightener; A.T.Baumeister Kant, Property and the General Will; H.Steiner Can Enlightenment Morality be Justified Teleologically? I.Carter Ganging a'gley; A.Edwards PART II: ASSESSING THE ENLIGHTENMENT ROOTS OF MODERNITY English Conservatism and Enlightenment Rationalism; I.Holliday Four Assumptions about Human Nature; N.Geras The Enlightenment, the Nation-state and the Primal Patricide of Modernity; R.Wokler Critique and Enlightenment: Michael Foucault on Was ist Aufklärung ; M.P.d'Entrèves The Enlightenment, Contractualism, and the Moral Polity; V.Bufacchi Index

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