Publisher description for Enemies of the Enlightenment : the French counter-Enlightenment and the making of modernity / Darrin M. McMahon.
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Critics have long treated the most important intellectual movement of modern history--the Enlightenment--as if it took shape in the absence of opposition. In this groundbreaking new study, Darrin McMahon demonstrates that, on the contrary, contemporary resistance to the Enlightenment was a
major cultural force, shaping and defining the Enlightenment itself from the moment of inception, while giving rise to an entirely new ideological phenomenon-what we have come to think of as the "Right." McMahon skillfully examines the Counter-Enlightenment, showing that it was an extensive,
international, and thoroughly modern affair.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Philosophy, French -- 18th century.