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enlightenment notes

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notes on enlightenment; note file
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[ENLIG-1] European Enlightenment Notes Thesis: “…Spinoza and Spinozism were…the intellectual backbone of the European Radical Enlightenment

everywhere…” (Israel, Radical Enlightenment, vi). “…[A]fter 1650, everything, no matter how fundamental or deeply rooted, was questioned in the light of philosophical reason and frequently challenged or replaced by startlingly different concepts generated by the New Philosophy…” (ibid., 3). By the 1680’s, the former center-stage conflict between confessions was replaced with the conflict between “faith and incredulity” (ibid., 4). Freiherr Veit Ludwig von Seckendorff (1626-92) “observed in 1685 that what the radicals ultimately intended was to make ‘life in this world’ the basis of politics” (ibid., 5). “For in Spinoza, [Seckendorff] avers, nothing is based on Gods’ Word or commandment…. …[T]he only legitimacy in politics is the selfinterest of the individual” (ibid.).

1670-1752. 1650-1750. 2001. Modernity. Contested Enlightenment: Philosophy. 1988. Israel. ---. Reinhart Koselleck. . and the Emancipation of Man. MA: MIT Press. 2006. Critique and Crisis: Enlightenment and the Pathogenesis of Modern Society. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Cambridge.B I B L I O G R A P H Y Jonathan I. Radical Enlightenment: Philosophy and the Making of Modernity. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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