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Lessing and the Enlightenment

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This essay collection grew out of a Hofstra University conference on the life, works, and influence of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, the eighteenth-century German playwright, critic, and philosopher who essentially established a new national literature in Germany during the Enlightenment. The volume is divided into two main sections, in which various scholars confront and reevaluate two contrasting aspects of Lessing's character; the irrational poet and the rational thinker. In the first section, Lessing's aesthetics are discussed. His link to English literature, as well as his influence upon the then emerging novel, are the subject of special consideration here. In the second section, Lessing's philosophical connection to traditions such as utopianism, classical republicanism, and eighteen-century humanism is discussed. Also considered are Lessing's intellectual connections with Rumanian literature; feminist and other ideological interpretations of his works; and his relation to some of his contemporaries. An introductory article stresses current and future trends in Lessing scholarhip.

Exorbitant Enlightenment

Author : Alexander Regier
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Exorbitant Enlightenment compels us to see eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century literature and culture in new ways. This book reveals a constellation of groundbreaking pre-1790s Anglo-German relations, many of which are so radical âso exorbitantâ that they ask us to fundamentally rethink the ways we grasp literary and intellectual history, especially when it comes to Enlightenment and Romanticism. Regier presents two of the great, untold stories of the eighteenth century. The first story uncovers a forgotten Anglo-German network of thought and writing in Britain between 1700 and 1790. From this Anglo-German context emerges the second story: about a group of idiosyncratic figures and institutions, including the Moravians in 1750s London, Henry Fuseli, and Johann Caspar Lavater, as well as the two most exorbitant figures, William Blake and Johann Georg Hamann. The bookâs eight chapters show how these authors and institutions shake up common understandings of British literary and European intellectual history and offer a very different, much more counter-intuitive view of the period. Through their distinctive conceptions of language, Blake and Hamann articulate âin different yet deeply related waysâ a radical critique of instrumental thought and institutional religion. They also argue for the irreducible relation between language and the sexual body. In each case, they push against some of the most central cultural and philosophical assumptions, then and now. The book argues that, when taken seriously, these exorbitant figures allow us to uncover and revise some of our own critical orthodoxies.

Religion and Enlightenment in Catherinian Russia

Author : Elise Kimerling Wirtschafter
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The First Scottish Enlightenment

Author : Kelsey Jackson-Williams
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Traditional accounts of the Scottish Enlightenment present the half-century or so before 1750 as, at best, a not-yet fully realised precursor to the era of Hume and Smith, at worst, a period of superstition and religious bigotry. This is the first book-length study to systematically challenge that notion. Instead, it argues that the era between approximately 1680 and 1745 was a 'First' Scottish Enlightenment, part of the continent-wide phenomenon of early Enlightenment and led by the Jacobites, Episcopalians, and Catholics of north-eastern Scotland. It makes this argument through an intensive study of the dramatic changes in historiographical practice which took place in Scotland during this era, showing how the documentary scholarship of Jean Mabillon and the Maurists was eagerly received and rapidly developed in Scottish historical circles, resulting in the wholesale demolition of the older, Humanist myths of Scottish origins and their replacement with the foundations of our modern understanding of early Scottish history. This volume accordingly challenges many of the truisms surrounding seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Scottish history, pushing back against notions of pre-Enlightenment Scotland as backward, insular, and intellectually impoverished and mapping a richly polymathic, erudite, and transnational web of scholars, readers, and polemicists. It highlights the enduring cultural links with France and argues for the central importance of Scotland's two principal religious minorities--Episcopalians and Catholics--in the growth of Enlightenment thinking. As such, it makes a major intervention in the intellectual and cultural histories of Scotland, early modern Europe, and the Enlightenment itself.

Tragedy and Enlightenment

Author : Christopher Rocco
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This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1997.

The Youth s Liberal Guide for Their Moral Culture and Religious Enlightenment

Author : Hermann Marcus Kottinger
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Aspects of Enlightenment

Author : Thomas Osborne
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An examination of the concept of enlightenment (and the Enlightenment) relating to the social sciences and social theory. Attempts to avoid the quarrels of modernists and post-modernists, appealing to Foucault's sense of enlightenment as a critical ethos rather than a fixed rationalism. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


Author : Ken Kirkberry
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Fourteen-year-old Sean has had a pretty intense time. In between dealing with the trials and tribulations of living as a young teenager and suffering through a particularly chaotic car crash, the teen discovers that his self-contained happy world is not the only one, there is an alternate Earth in the universe. Transported to a strange and exotic land, Sean is pulled into an exciting new world he has no idea how to navigate. Although similar to his own reality in many ways, this alternate Earth is more advanced in both time and technology, yet its landscape, culture and people have more in common with the medieval stories he's read about on his own planet. With the land ruled by Kings and cornered off into different regions, Sean is forced to adapt to this new environment and harness its power in order to protect himself and his family from the dangers of this dangerous land. With the eyes of this alternate Earth set on space and a cosmic threat brewing, Sean is forced into action in order to stop the destruction of both his own world and this alternate reality he's found himself in. Launching an epic fantasy saga, author Ken Kirkberry wraps a brilliant coming-of-age tale into an exhilarating sci-fi adventure in his new novel, Enlightenment. With the fate of the two worlds hanging in the balance, can Sean find the courage he needs to save not only his family, but the universe itself?

What Is Enlightenment

Author : James Schmidt
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This collection contains the first English translations of a group of 18th-century German essays that address the question, "what is Enlightenment?". They explore the origins of 18th-century debate on the Enlightenment, and its significance for the present.

Cameralism and the Enlightenment

Author : Ere Nokkala
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Cameralism and the Enlightenment reassesses the relationship between two key phenomena of European history often disconnected from each other. It builds on recent insights from global history, transnational history and Enlightenment studies to reflect on the dynamic interactions of cameralism, an early modern set of practices and discourses of statecraft prominent in central Europe, with the broader political, intellectual and cultural developments of the Enlightenment world. Through contributions from prominent scholars across the field of Enlightenment studies, the volume analyzes eighteenth-century cameralist authors' engagements with commerce, colonialism and natural law. Challenging the caricature of cameralism as a German, land-locked version of mercantilism, the volume reframes its importance for scholars of the Enlightenment broadly conceived. This volume goes beyond the typical focus on Britain and France in studies of political economy, widening perspectives about the dissemination of ideas of governance, happiness and reform to focus on multidirectional exchanges across continental Europe and beyond during the eighteenth century. Emphasizing the practice of theory, it proposes the study of the porosity of ideas in their exchange, transmission and mediation between spaces and discourses as a key dimension of cultural and intellectual history.

The World We Want

Author : Robert B. Louden
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The World We Want compares the future world that Enlightenment intellectuals had hoped for with our own world at present. In what respects do the two worlds differ, and why are they so different? To what extent is and isn't our world the world they wanted, and to what extent do we today still want their world? Unlike previous philosophical critiques and defenses of the Enlightenment, the present study focuses extensively on the relevant historical and empirical record first, by examining carefully what kind of future Enlightenment intellectuals actually hoped for; second, by tracking the different legacies of their central ideals over the past two centuries. But in addition to documenting the significant gap that still exists between Enlightenment ideals and current realities, the author also attempts to show why the ideals of the Enlightenment still elude us. What does our own experience tell us about the appropriateness of these ideals? Which Enlightenment ideals do not fit with human nature? Why is meaningful support for these ideals, particularly within the US, so weak at present? Which of the means that Enlightenment intellectuals advocated for realizing their ideals are inefficacious? Which of their ideals have devolved into distorted versions of themselves when attempts have been made to realize them? How and why, after more than two centuries, have we still failed to realize the most significant Enlightenment ideals? In short, what is dead and what is living in these ideals?

Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment

Author : Alan Charles Kors
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Enlightenment Journal

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The wisdom and knowledge, the frequencies of love and light shall expand the higher self of all who integrate the words spoken within the pages of this enlightenment journal. The teachings and techniques channeled through infinite masters shall awaken your inner oneness of consciousness and so allow your infinite journey to begin.

Enlightenment Dialogues

Author : Martin Treon
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Preface This combined narrative dialogue and play is about the uncreated, unborn and undying transcendent Self of God-consciousness and Buddha-nature. It describes an odyssey of transcendent Consciousness Awakening and Remembrance, as viewed from transpersonal and primarily post-metaphysical Onliness Way of Enlightenment perspective. The conversational interaction between the two characters of this book, which concerns their shared journey of transcendental Nondual Spirit-as-Spirit Consciousness Realization, is primarily intended to be read as a narrative dialogue. However, it is also created and structured in play format, and is intended to be presented to an audience as a play. And herein lies a formidable presentation problem. As a play, it almost certainly has a very limited audience appeal. In relation to the current content tastes of people of a general audience, the play has no scenes of violence, gun-play, murder, fighting, battles, sex scenes, yelling, screaming, car chases, flying saucers, and no bad guys versus good guys, monsters, vampires, aliens or cyborgs. The play simply involves the quiet dialogue between two characters over a sixteen year period, set in various scenic locations. So, speaking from the more cynical and pessimistic side of egoic self, I would say, to borrow the phrase of the burly “Mr. T” of the old TV series called “The A Team”, “I pity the fool” who tries to present this play to a general audience. This would almost certainly be a disaster. On the other hand, I suspect that there is a small, or should I say very small, and select audience of people who would variously enjoy and appreciate this play, and derive useful meaning and insight from it. So, speaking from the more optimistic and supportive side of egoic self, I would praise and encourage anyone, any producer, director, cast and crew, who had the courage, chutzpah, and theatrical nerve and skills to present this play to any audience, selective or otherwise.

Enlightenment and Success Garden

Author : Daniel Nana Kwame Opare
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The Bible says that, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." For this reason, this book has been written to transform the lives of believers physically, spiritually and mentally. This will enable you to know some of the sources of the problems of the world such as lack of peace, lack of unity, wars, etc., that has become cankered in the world. This book will also enable believers to know the four types of people in the Church in order to be wise in their Christian lives. The Bible says that, "A righteous man may fall seven times, but rise again." Unfortunately, many believers easily give up when they encounter problems. For this reason, this book has been written to disclose to believers that, failure is not the end of their lives. This book is full of divine truth. The Bible says that, "Thou shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." Read this book to be wiser.

The Triumph and Tragedy of the Intellectuals

Author : Harry Redner
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This fourth instalment of Harry Redner's tetralogy on the history of civilization argues that intellectuals have a brilliant past, a dubious present, and possibly no future. He contends that the philosophers of the seventeenth century laid the ground for the intellectuals of the eighteenth century, the Age of Enlightenment. They, in turn, promoted a fundamental transformation of human consciousness: they literally intellectualized the world. The outcome was the disenchantment of the world in all its cultural dimensions: in art, religion, ethics, politics, and philosophy.In this fascinating study, Redner demonstrates how secularization took the sting out of both the dread and promise of an afterlife and intellectuals learned to die without the hope of immortality popularized by philosophy and religion. Ultimately, they produced the ideologies that generated the totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century, which subsequently exterminated these intellectuals through mass murder on a scale never before experienced. The book traces the sources of this fatal entanglement and goes on to examine the contemporary condition of intellectuals in America and the world.Wherein lies the future of the intellectuals? Redner suggest that in the present state of globalization, dominated by technocrats, experts, and professionals, their fate remains uncertain.

European Writers

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Journey to Enlightenment Seasons

Author : Soy Criada
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Are you yearning to learn How to write effective poetry, Become a professional Journey to Enlightenment - Seasons Is the ideal book for you

Before Abraham Was I Am

Author : Cleo Newsome Jr.
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"When God created the universe, He also created the Metaphysical universe.” This paraphrase from Donald Walch’s book “A Conversation with God” aptly points to the intricate matrix of themes, ideas and concepts which formulate a complete world view of how things work. This is important because our individual belief system has a direct impact on all of the events and important episodes in our lives and generally affects the quality and longevity of life as a whole. God as the omnipotent catalyst of the entire creative process does not interfere with our choices, but instead allows us to reap the benefits or suffer the consequences of our decisions. When we learn to raise our thinking to the higher consciousness of divine mind, the quality of life both individually and as a people will be naturally uplifted from an uncertain existence of coincidence and chance to a progressively stable and secure co-existence with the sustaining grace of God’s unlimited cosmos. This book represents an attempt to explore some of the more relevant concepts of mankind’s symbiotic relationship to an immaculate Holiness in which we intuitively have always known to exist but through the daily grind of everyday living have somehow lost touch. The book is not amid at any particular religion, culture or ethic group but is a rather modest endeavor to discuss an array of universal themes and concepts common to us all."