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Tilting against counter-enlightenment windmills

Garrard, Graeme 2015. Tilting against counter-enlightenment windmills. Eighteenth-Century Studies 49 (1) , pp. 77-81. 10.1353/ecs.2015.0045

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This essay is a direct response to Jeremy Caradonna’s article in which he attacks the concept of “Counter-Enlightenment.” I argue that most of his criticisms of the idea misfire, either because they don’t hit the target or they hit the wrong target. While the concept of a “Counter-Enlightenment” is not perfect (no concepts are), Caradonna’s criticism are mostly based on his misunderstanding and/or misrepresentation of it. For the most part, I contend, his Counter-Enlightenment is a straw man.

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ISSN: 1086-315X
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2020 14:15

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