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  1. Slavophile Religious Thought and the Dilemma of Russian Modernity, 1830–1860*: Patrick Lally Michelson.Patrick Lally Michelson - 2010 - Modern Intellectual History 7 (2):239-267.
    Russian public opinion in the first half of the nineteenth century was buffeted by a complex of cultural, psychological, and historiosophical dilemmas that destabilized many conventions about Russia's place in universal history. This article examines one response to these dilemmas: the Slavophile reconfiguration of Eastern Christianity as a modern religion of theocentric freedom and moral progress. Drawing upon methods of contextual analysis, the article challenges the usual scholarly treatment of Slavophile religious thought as a vehicle to address extrahistorical concerns by (...)
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  • Enlightenment and Erudition: Writing Cultural History at the Académie des Inscriptions.Anton M. Matytsin - forthcoming - Modern Intellectual History:1-26.
    This article explores continuities between the antiquarian erudition of humanist historians and Enlightenment philosophical histories, showing that supposedly revolutionary developments in eighteenth-century historiography emerged from an older scholarly tradition. It focuses on the research of the Royal Academy of Inscriptions and Letters, a learned society in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century France that went from serving as a propaganda tool for promoting King Louis XIV's absolutist regime to becoming the first modern historical research institute and a cradle of the Enlightenment. The article (...)
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  • Introduction: Religion and Political Thought in Irish History.Andrew Phemister - 2020 - History of European Ideas 46 (7):934-950.
    ABSTRACT Historians of nineteenth and twentieth century Ireland have often overlooked the role of ideas, preferring instead to focus on socio-economic, political and demographic factors. This is never more pronounced then when religion is addressed, and where the influence of religious thought and theology is often folded neatly away into issues of sectarian division and institutional power. This article introduces a collection of essays that attempt to rectify this issue, by drawing out some of their corresponding features and locating them (...)
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  • David Hume, the Académie des Inscriptions and the Nature of Historical Evidence in the Early Eighteenth Century.Pedro Faria - forthcoming - Modern Intellectual History:1-24.
    Philosophical history became the Enlightenment genre of historical writing par excellence supposedly by “defeating” established humanist erudite history and antiquarianism. This article argues that, contrary to established perceptions, philosophical history developed out of a concern expressed by early eighteenth-century erudite historians about the nature of historical evidence: both David Hume—leading philosophical historian—and the members of the French erudite Académie des inscriptions et belles lettres shared a broadly Lockean approach to historical evidence, choosing verisimilitude to common experience as the key criterion (...)
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  • The Enlightenment and its Critics1.Michael A. Peters - 2018 - Educational Philosophy and Theory 51 (9):886-894.
    Volume 51, Issue 9, August 2019, Page 886-894.
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  • Christian Thomasius E a Aufklärung.Diego Kosbiau Trevisan - 2020 - Kriterion: Journal of Philosophy 61 (145):151-172.
    RESUMO O presente artigo discute o papel de Christian Thomasius como pioneiro da Aufklärung, bem como a especificidade desta no contexto mais amplo do Iluminismo. A partir de uma discussão sobre os recentes estudos acerca do Iluminismo, será extraída uma diretriz interpretativa para avaliar a peculiaridade política e filosófica da Aufklärung. ABSTRACT This paper discusses the role of Christian Thomasius as a pioneer of the Aufklärung and the specific position of the latter in the broader context of the Enlightenment. Departing (...)
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  • Alexis de Tocqueville, John Stuart Mill, and the Modern Debate on the Enlightenment.Nathaniel Wolloch - 2018 - The European Legacy 23 (4):349-364.
    This article discusses Tocqueville’s and Mill’s views of the cultural progress of indigenous colonial societies in the context of the current debate about the Enlightenment. The analysis of their philosophical outlooks tends to support Jonathan Israel’s interpretation of the Enlightenment, yet with one important difference: while Israel emphasizes the Radical Enlightenment as the chief instigator of the movement towards modern democracy, Tocqueville’s and Mill’s views emphasize the preponderance of the Moderate Enlightenment, which, while sharing the radical advocacy for rationalism, broad (...)
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  • From Greece to Babylon:The Political Thought of Andrew Michael Ramsay (1686–1743).Doohwan Ahn - 2011 - History of European Ideas 37 (4):421-437.
    This paper explores the political thought of Andrew Michael Ramsay with particular reference to his highly acclaimed book called A New Cyropaedia, or the Travels of Cyrus (1727). Dedicated to Prince Charles Edward Stuart, the Young Pretender, to whom he was tutor, this work has been hitherto viewed as a Jacobite imitation of the Telemachus, Son of Ulysses(1699) of his eminent teacher archbishop Fénelon of Cambrai. By tracing the dual legacy of the first Persian Emperor Cyrus in Western thought, I (...)
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  • Geography as the Eye of Enlightenment Historiography: Robert J. Mayhew.Robert J. Mayhew - 2010 - Modern Intellectual History 7 (3):611-627.
    Whilst Edward Gibbon's Memoirs of My Life comprise a notoriously complex document of autobiographical artifice, there is no reason to question the honesty of its revelation of his attitudes to geography and its relationship to the historian's craft. Writing of his boyhood before going up to Oxford, Gibbon commented that his vague and multifarious reading could not teach me to think, to write, or to act; and the only principle, that darted a ray of light into the indigested chaos, was (...)
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  • The Search for the Origins of Modern Democratic Republican Political Thought in Early Modern Switzerland.Marc H. Lerner - 2011 - Modern Intellectual History 8 (3):647-658.
    What are the debts that the modern world owes to the political culture of the Enlightenment? For historians of political thought this is a widely debated subject. Throughout Europe, the Enlightenment provided the critical lens for a widespread reassessment of the nature of political authority. Much of the intellectual history of the eighteenth century focuses on this reassessment and the debates over the nature of good government, liberty and sovereignty. The discussion of these issues is linked to the history of (...)
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  • In the Environment of Ideas: Arthur Lovejoy and the History of Ideas as a Form of Cultural History.Daniel Wickberg - 2014 - Modern Intellectual History 11 (2):439-464.
  • William Falconer’s Remarks on the Influence of Climate and the Study of Religion in Enlightenment England.R. J. W. Mills - 2018 - Intellectual History Review 28 (2):293-315.
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  • Andrew Dickson White and the History of a Religious Future.Richard Schaefer - 2015 - Zygon 50 (1):7-27.
    Andrew Dickson White played a pivotal role in constructing the image of a necessary, and even violent, confrontation between religion and science that persists to this day. Though scholars have long acknowledged that his position is more complex, given that White claimed to be saving religion from theology, there has been no attempt to explore what this means in light of his overwhelming attack on existing religions. This essay draws attention to how White's role as a historian was decisive in (...)
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