Rival Enlightenments: Civil and Metaphysical Philosophy in Early Modern Germany (Ideas in Context)

Rival Enlightenments: Civil and Metaphysical Philosophy in Early Modern Germany (Ideas in Context)

Ian Hunter


Rival Enlightenments is an incredible reinterpretation of early glossy German highbrow heritage. Ian Hunter treats the civil philosophy of Pufendorf and Thomasius and the metaphysical philosophy of Leibniz and Kant as rival highbrow cultures or paideia, thereby demanding all histories premised on Kant's meant reconciliation and transcendence of the sector. This landmark examine argues that the marginalization of civil philosophy in post-Kantian philosophical background might itself illustrate the continued fight among the rival enlightenments. Combining cautious scholarship with brilliant polemic, Hunter provides penetrating insights for philosophers and historians alike.

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