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Oct 31, John David rated it liked it Shelves: De passage van Diderot aan het hof en bij Katharina de Grote is pelgrosa. I also tend to sympathize with his portrayal of Rousseau as a simpering proto-fascist.
Those of the radical Enlightenment were not afraid to take reason, science, and materialism to its ultimate limits: Denis Diderot was one of my heroes since reading “La Religieuse” “The Nun” in High School French class the novel depicts a convent which is presided over by a sadistic lesbian.
Nov 20, Jesse Field rated it really liked it. Focusing on the lives of Holbach, Diderot, and their philosopher friends and enemies, this account unveils the struggles of thinkers who wanted to create a world without God.
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Dat hij door haar lang onderhouden werd is een leuk detail dat blijft hangen. If anything, Blom goes out of his way to be as clear and precise as possible both in relation to these ideas as well as their impact within the life and times of those reassessing them and presenting them anew. For one thing, it unequivocally demonised Robespierre, who I have a fascination with.
Philosophy, Modernity, and the Emancipation of Man are equally wonderful. The second volume in contains a number of articles by Holbach, he would eventually write more thanand bloom title page pays tribute to an unnamed person who is almost certainly Holbach. Just a pelgrosa while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
His uncle provided him with his name and the best education money could buy. 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.
A Wicked Company: The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment
All in all a good read. Holbach was born Paul Heinrich Dietrich, in the town of Edesheim in the Rhenish Palatinate inthe son of a wine-grower. Mar 20, Bruce rated it it was amazing. I had never heard of Holbach, who held the influential salons attended by Diderot and company.
I was moved to consider the unintentiona This is an interesting interpretation of the radical enlightenment within Pre-Revolutionary French society.
Grobin’s rendition on audible. He makes a decent case for the negative tendencies of Rousseau’s philosophy but Rousseau is not the whole of the moderate Enlightenment.
A Wicked Company: The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment by Philipp Blom
Highly disappointed with this book. He does a good job tying these debates and personal contentions to their historical impact, and overall the presentation is detailed and nuanced.
Dit pbilipp tot gevolg dat er bijzonder veel herhalingen in voorkomen vooral over wat Blom veronderstelt. This guy needs a fact checker. While in a godless universe there is no transcendental yardstick of an absolute, revealed Truth and Goodness, it is perfectly easy to see what is beneficial and what is harmful to people here and now. Aug 09, Norman S rated it it was amazing.
In addition Holbach also published some radical works of his own, although these have apparently tended to lack popularity since. Lists with This Book. Rousseau was initially on side with peligeosa 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 geente by the controlling and humourless influence of his Calvinist background.
In their heart of hearts they were unwilling to confront the possibility that they themselves, the vast universe of every individual consciousness, could be as meaningless and as random as a leaf whirled into the air by a gust of wind.
Jun 20, Ben rated it liked it. Its publication in made the previously obscure writer widely known. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The level of risk was much higher than it was among thinkers in Britain and America, with which I was more familiar.
Conversely, Rousseau would surely have strongly objected to much of it – not least its resolutely urban focus, which does not fit with his canonisation of rural life.
He makes the most horrendous flippant generalizations and does nothing to back up his position other than an implied “if you don’t agree with me, you must pelivrosa one of those radical Christians destroying our world.