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The Enlightenment

Critique, Myth, Utopia- Proceedings of the Symposium arranged by the Finnish Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in Helsinki, 17-18 October 2008


Charlotta Wolff, Timo Kaitaro and Minna Ahokas

In this volume, twelve scholars from different disciplines reassess the tradition and reception of the eighteenth-century European Enlightenment. The contributions, written in English and French, pay special attention to less known or relatively neglected aspects of this intellectual movement, revealing features that cannot easily be reduced to the clichés and catchphrases often associated with the Enlightenment. The volume emphasises the historically and geographically versatile heritage of the Enlightenment, examining its intellectual repercussions, the various uses and abuses it has been subjected to, and its complex relationship with more recent movements.
Contents: Timo Kaitaro: Introduction – Jean M. Goulemot : Politique des Lumières – Miguel Benítez : Spinoza dans la littérature clandestine : « A gigantic manifestation of Spinozism » ? – Timo Kaitaro: Nature and Morality in Eighteenth-Century French Materialism – Olivier Tonneau: No Happiness without Virtue: In Defence of Diderot’s Defence of Virtue – Jarmo Pulkkinen: Christian Wolff and the Pietist Theologians – Ilona Salomaa: David Hume and Comparative Religion: An Eye of the Wise on the New Science of Man – Vesa Oittinen: Peter Forsskål, a Radical Enlightener – Jouko Nurmiainen: The Concepts of Progress and Common Good in ‘Enlightened’ Swedish Eighteenth-Century Historical and Economic Thought – Logan James Connors: Text(s) and Performance in Charles Palissot’s Les Philosophes (1760) – Karianne Marx: Reinhold’s Enlightenment and Practical Reason – Asko Nivala: Critique and Naturalism: Friedrich Schlegel and the Principles of the Enlightenment – Suvi Leppämäki: Jean Guéhenno and the Enlightenment Tradition.