Postmodernism and the Enlightenment: New Perspectives in Eighteenth-Century French Intellectual History

Routledge (2001)
Why is postmodernist discourse so biased against the Enlightenment? Indeed, postmodern theory challenges the validity of the rational basis of modern historical scholarship and the Enlightenment itself. Rather than avoiding this conflict, the contributors to this vibrant collection return to the philosophical roots of the Enlightenment, and do not hesitate to look at them through a postmodernist lens, engaging issues like anti-Semitism, Utopianism, colonial legal codes, and ideas of authorship. Dismissing the notion that the two camps are ideologically opposed and thus incompatible, these essays demonstrate an exciting new scholarship that confidently mixes the empiricism of Enlightenment thought with a strong postmodernist skepticism, painting a subtler and richer historical canvas.
Keywords Enlightenment  Postmodernism
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Call number B1925.E5.P65 2001
ISBN(s) 0415927978   041592796X   9780415927970   9780415927963
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