Enlightenment

[Revised entry by William Bristow on August 29, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The heart of the eighteenth century Enlightenment is the loosely organized activity of prominent French
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[Revised entry by William Bristow on August 29, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The heart of the eighteenth century Enlightenment is the loosely organized activity of prominent French thinkers of the mid-decades of the eighteenth century, the so-called "philosophes"(e.g., Voltaire, D'Alembert, Diderot, Montesquieu). The philosophes constituted an informal society of men of letters who collaborated on a loosely defined project of Enlightenment exemplified by the project of the Encyclopedia (see below 1.5). However, there are noteworthy...

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