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Other times it pligrosa seasoned with delicious gossip of these European luminaries, les philosphes, of the 18 Century. The latter is definitely the villain and comes across very poorly. And the book recounts how very intelligent men may have evolved in their thinking–something that gets flattened by such history class keywords as “enlightened despot”.
Grobin’s rendition on audible. Jan 03, Daniel Kukwa rated it really liked it Shelves: Philosophy and the Making of Modernity, and Enlightenment Contested: I also tend to sympathize with his portrayal of Rousseau as a simpering proto-fascist. A startlingly relevant work of narrative history, A Wicked Company forces us to confront with new eyes the foundational debates about modern society and its future.
It wasn’t clear to me whether I should view it as a. This seems peligrisa odd complaint, but I was more interested in the implications of their ideas than in the minutia. This book is a spectacular introduction to some of the major personalities of an era that gave birth not only to the French and American Revolutions, but also to most of modern science and philosophy. I would also have appreciated a little more nuance in the relationship between Enlightenment thought and the anti-clerical slant of the Revolution.
It’s just ppeligrosa intro, right? I felt like maybe it was supposed to be the There’s some valuable stuff in here, but it feels kind of muddled, since it’s such a mix between the intellectual history and the personal stuff.
Jun 20, Ben rated it liked it. Rousseau was initially on side with the Encyclopaedists, but became increasingly alienated from them to the point of paranoia; he particularly detested their atheism, and Blom suggests that his Deism was ultimately tainted by the controlling and humourless influence of his Calvinist background. Surely it will get better! There are no discussion topics on this book yet. De passage van Diderot aan het hof en bij Katharina de Grote is hilarisch.
At the table at Grandval, chez Holbach, they would sit blomm to delectable poulets a la Reine, cold pate, and raspberry gelee they actually give a menu from one of the gatherings in the book and talk about the philosophy, religion largely their intense dislike thereofand groundbreaking science. Met kleurrijke details en anekdotes over alle protagonisten zet Blom de Philosophes neer als mensen van vlees en bloed die ook hun kleine kantjes hadden. The benefits of reading this book will stay with me a long time — I only wish I could find an analogous treatment of the German idealists starting with Kant and going forward to, say, Marx, pelligrosa of the British empiricists, starting with Hobbes and ending with Hume.
At times repetitive, this book by Austrian social historian Phillip Blom is bblom a terrific read. Mar 20, Bruce rated it peligrsoa was amazing. I highly recommend it. The philosophical movement stressed the importance of reason and the critical re-appraisal of existing ideas and social institutions.
I found the account of their lives and those in their Paris circle pe,igrosa and saddening.
Materialism is supported by more scientific evidence than ever but it is widely disparaged and regarded as a dangerous doctrine. Right from the Introduction, it is clear that Blom has a hobby horse to ride and it nearly ruins the book. Blom heeft wellicht zoveel prestige dat geen redacteur hem nog durft terecht te wijzen. Aug 26, Gert de Cooman rated it it was amazing.
Het is een fantastisch werk. Rousseau was a deist who rejected materialism and atheism. I have quite mixed feelings about this book. His books were burned and banned because he was the philosopher of social equality in an epoch of gross inequality. He is highly critical of Rousseau, whose theist position arguing for a social contract enforced by benevolent dictatorship because the modus vivendi preferred by Robespierre and his successors.
I wish books like this were around when I was a philosophy major. The ideas expounded on by these protagonists are presented more or less historically in relation to the specific players involved; many of the ideas themselves Blom points out are not necessarily all that new at all, some extending at least as far back as to Epicurus and Lucretius and the author briefly presents these ideas within their own specific histories — so there is often some overlapping involved but certainly not to the extent of creating confusion.
This guy needs a fact checker. Indiana University Press,p. The view that Rousseau was the originator of totalitarianism is entirely unhistorical.
That alone would qualify him as a revolutionary thinker. Thanks for telling us about the problem. His message was too disquieting, too anarchic, too dangerous to be released into the world at large. He is also the author of The Wines of Austria. Great cast of characters, excellent capsule summaries of their philosophical outlooks and the debates among them although the sledding here sometimes gets a little heavy.
Above all it is a necessary read for those who would prefer to live in a country that wishes to keep the wall up between secular government and organized religion. In Western culture, the late 17th and most of the 18th century is known as The Enlightenment — a European intellectual movement where reason was placed on centre stage and used as the basis for submitting all traditional values into question. Portraying Rousseau as a totalitarian has a long history.
The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment. Ok, off to find some socio-cultural intellectual histories of the concept of the European salon in philosophical thought from BCE to the current day.
A Wicked Company: The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment by Philipp Blom
Blom A terrific read, erudite and witty, this packs an impressive amount of information, much of it quite abstract, into a fast-moving and absorbing narrative. No trivia or quizzes yet. It was a huge publishing success: I appreciate how this new look at the Englightenment compares to the radicals of thought in our current day and age, especially men such as Christopher Hittchens and Richard Dawkins.