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From the Eighteenth Century to the Present, 1st Edition

By Graeme Garrard


216 pages

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The Enlightenment and its legacy are still actively debated, with the Enlightenment acting as a key organizing concept in philosophy, social theory and the history of ideas.

Counter-Enlightenments is the first full-length study to deal with the history and development of counter-enlightenment thought from its inception in the eighteenth century right through to the present. Engaging in a critical dialogue with Isaiah Berlin’s work, this book analyzes the concept of counter-enlightenment and some of the most important issues and problems it raises.

Graeme Garrard explores the diverse forms of thought in this field, with a wide-ranging review of the principle figures of the past two hundred and fifty years, and an incisive assessment of the persuasiveness of the most common and important criticisms of the Enlightenment.

Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgements 1. Introduction 2. First Shots 3. Counter-Enlightenment and Counter-Revolution 4. The Return of Faith and Feeling 5. Interlude: The Strange Case of Friedrich Nietzsche and the Enlightenment 6. Enlightened Totalitarianism 7. The Postmodern Challenge 8. Enlightenment and Nothingness 9. Hits and Misses. Bibliography. Index

About the Author

Graeme Garrard is teaches Political Theory and European Thought at Cardiff University, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

This series explores core issues in political philosophy and social theory. Addressing theoretical subjects of both historical and contemporary relevance, the series has broad appeal across the social sciences. Contributions include new studies of major thinkers, key debates and critical concepts.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Political
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory