Enlightenment

Networks of Enlightenment: New Approaches, New Perspectives

Chloe Edmondson is co-editor of the June Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment volume Networks of Enlightenment: Digital Approaches to the Republic of Letters which provides exciting new perspectives on the European networks that made up the Republic of Letters. Here, she explores the digital and data-driven approaches that can be used to analyse such … Continue reading

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D’Argenson’s Considérations

Andrew Jainchill is the editor of the May Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment volume D’Argenson, Considérations sur le gouvernement, a critical edition, with other political texts, which utilises rare manuscripts and previously unstudied archival sources to produce the first critical edition of d’Argenson’s Considérations. Enlightenment political theory has received a great deal of scholarly attention … Continue reading

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The Age of Lightness

Marine Ganofsky and Jean-Alexandre Perras are co-editors of Le Siècle de la légèreté: émergences d’un paradigme du XVIIIe siècle français, the April Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment volume, which analyses the importance and the different issues of the notion of lightness in the conceptions and the representations of eighteenth-century France. France is a light-hearted … Continue reading

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Reasonable Doubt and the Birth of Enlightenment

Anton M. Matytsin and Jeffrey D. Burson, co-editors of the latest Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment volume, highlight the place of skepticism in a post-truth era and consider the similarities to be found in previous crises of certainty, such as that of the eighteenth-century. There has rarely been a better time to write about … Continue reading

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Believing in an Age of Enlightenment

Editors of Belief and Politics in Enlightenment France, Mita Choudhury and Daniel J. Watkins argue that Enlightenment did not signal the end of religious tradition and show how religious belief in France continued to function in dynamic ways throughout the long eighteenth century. Over the past few decades historians have justly complicated the narrative of the … Continue reading