De Radicale Verlichting opnieuw bekeken


Eind vorige maand, d.w.z. een week geleden, verscheen het boek waarover ik een jaar
geleden [blog van17-2-2016] mij afvroeg “Wordt het nog wat met The
Ashgate / Routledge Companion to the Radical Enlightenment?”

Een tweet bracht mij ervan op de hoogte, waarna ik de tweet van de uitgever zag en een tweet van
een van de auteurs van

Steffen Ducheyne (ed.), Reassessing
the Radical Enlightenment
. Routledge, 21-2-2017 n-
[Paperback: 9781138280045 £29.99]


Reassessing the Radical Enlightenment comprises fifteen new
essays written by a team of international scholars. The collection re-evaluates
the characteristics, meaning and impact of the Radical Enlightenment between
1660 and 1825, spanning England, Ireland, the Dutch Republic, France, Germany
and the Americas. In addition to dealing with canonical authors and celebrated
texts, such as Spinoza and his Tractus theologico-politicus, the authors
discuss many less well-known figures and debates from the period. Divided into
three parts, this book:
* Considers the Radical Enlightenment movement as a
whole, including its defining features and characteristics and the history of
the term itself.
* Traces the origins and events of the Radical Enlightenment,
including in-depth analyses of key figures including Spinoza, Toland, Meslier,
and d'Holbach.
* Examines the outcomes and consequences of the Radical
Enlightenment in Europe and the Americas in the eighteenth century. Chapters in
this section examine later figures whose ideas can be traced to the Radical
Enlightenment, and examine the role of the period in the emergence of egalitarianism.
This collection of essays is the first stand-alone collection of studies in
English on the Radical Enlightenment. It is a timely and comprehensive overview
of current research in the field which also presents new studies and research
on the Radical Enlightenment.

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