The Case for The Enlightenment

The Case for The Enlightenment

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The Case for the Enlightenment is a comparative study of the emergence of Enlightenment in Scotland and in Naples. Challenging the tendency to fragment the Enlightenment in eighteenth-century Europe into multiple Enlightenments, the distinguished intellectual historian John Robertson demonstrates the extent to which thinkers in two societies at the opposite ends of Europe shared common intellectual preoccupations. Before 1700, Scotland and Naples faced a bleak future as backward, provincial kingdoms in a Europe of aggressive commercial states. Yet by 1760, Scottish and Neapolitan thinkers were in the van of those advocating the cause of Enlightenment by means of political economy. By studying the social and institutional contexts of intellectual life in the two countries, and the currents of thought promoted within them, The Case for the Enlightenment explains this transformation. John Robertson pays particular attention to the greatest thinkers in each country, David Hume and Giambattista Vico.Evidence suggesting that the work was written in Rome is in the reference to waterfalls and cataracts a#39;come quelle da noi poco discoste di Tivoli nel Teveronea#39; (ff. 51ra€“v), i.e. the falls of Tivoli; that it dates from the early 1720s is suggested by the authora#39;s remark that he cannot ... The chapter headings here are: a#39;Come han potuto acquistare le idee della virt`u o de vizioa#39;, a#39;Delle Legge di Naturaa#39;, and a#39;Dea#39;anbsp;...

Title:The Case for The Enlightenment
Author:John Robertson
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2005-10-27


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