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And the book recounts how very intelligent men may have evolved in their thinking–something that gets flattened by such history class keywords as “enlightened despot”. I thought the conceit of a big dinner party was an interesting one to tell what amounts to a group biography, and certainly helped keep things both entertaining and engaging. His books were burned and banned because he was the philosopher of social equality in an epoch of gross inequality.
This was a really compelling read for a social history. Karl Popper includes Rousseau among the enemies of the open society and in the post-war period both Hannah Arendt and Herbert Marcuse were to expand on this theme. Gnte aside, what I can say for sure is this book is very thought-provoking and piqued my curiosity regarding the Enlightenment and its thinkers. The level of risk was much higher than it was among thinkers in Britain and America, with which I was more familiar. Rousseau systematically dismantled the theological framework that had been built up over centuries to maintain the power of kings and the sanctity of property.
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I get the sense that the links between the Enlightenment and the Revolution are complex and ambivalent, probably not ideally suited to a short summary chapter such as this. All in all a good read. In a godless universe, some Enlightenment philosophers, in the search for a better future for humanity, adopted Reason as the only relevant player in a kind of supreme rationalist utopia; but at the same time replicated the Christian disdain for human passions, instincts, or the yearning for beauty which were all irrational impulses after all.
Philosophy, Modernity, and the Emancipation of Man are equally wonderful.
Rousseau, in particular, is painted as one peligosa asshole. I have quite mixed feelings about this book. It was a dangerous idea, because a moral code based on the pursuit of happiness in this life had truly revolutionary implications. The weird thing phiilpp that his dislike of Voltaire and Rousseau his hobby h I have quite mixed feelings about this book.
It starts slowly but fully held my interest to the end. I wanted to read this book as my knowledge of the Enlightenment was sketchy it still is, to be fair.
Arguably, Rousseau and Voltaire are handled a bit too savagely though I think I would not, after all, make this argument. Admittedly, this is not meant to be the central topic of the book. The absolute monarchies of early modern Europe were legitimised by the Church but the general will was a secular concept that ran entirely counter to official politics.
The ideas expounded on by these protagonists are presented more or less historically in relation to the specific players involved; many of the ideas themselves Blom points out are not necessarily all that new at all, some extending at least as far back as peligtosa Epicurus and Lucretius and the author briefly presents these ideas within their own specific histories — so there is often some overlapping involved but certainly not to the extent of peligroxa confusion.
The benefits of reading this book will stay with me a long time — I only wish I could find an analogous treatment of the German idealists starting with Kant and going forward to, say, Marx, or of the British empiricists, starting with Hobbes and ending with Hume.
Or perhaps I need to find a salon dedicated to that discussion thread instead Rousseau, who frequently visited Diderot while peligfosa was in prison, may already have known Holbach. I felt like maybe it was supposed bom be the There’s some valuable stuff in here, but it feels kind of muddled, since it’s such a mix between the intellectual history and the personal stuff. Aug pe,igrosa, Gert de Cooman rated it it was amazing.
May 24, Ann Talbot rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Soms heb je het gevoel een philpp roman te lezen. Rousseau was not, like Diderot and Holbach, an atheist or materialist, but that did not save him from condemnation.
Feb 17, Rachel rated it really liked it. Het boek komt niet to the point zelfs na de helft gelezen te hebben. The result is reasonably interesting – this was a time of great intellectual ferment, and the focus on this fringe element as well as the sometimes gossipy factual background of the protagonists adds perspective to and partially upends?
Without a God who has set some people above others, everybody — regardless of social station, sex, race, and creed — has an equal right peligrisa seek pleasure and, ultimately, happiness.
The latter is definitely the villain and comes across very poorly. In A Wicked Companyacclaimed historian Philipp Blom retraces the fortunes of this exceptional group of friends.
A Wicked Company: The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment by Philipp Blom
Jun 20, Ben rated it liked it. I wish books like this were around when I was a philo Superb account of radical French Enlightenment intellectuals, Diderot and d’Holbach, whom the author believes history has forgotten, partly because they were bold enough to be atheists.
It gives you a sense of what the French Enlightenment was really about and who the major players were, and makes a compelling case that those players were not who we are traditionally taught they were. These philosophes as they were also known were daring and audacious.
This seems an odd complaint, but I was more interested in the implications of their ideas than in the minutia. Alleen al het verhaal van de genese van de populaire overlevering van de Verlichting met Rousseau, Voltaire en Immanuel Kant als vaandeldragers — en dus niet de radicalen van de salon van Holbach — maakt Blomms boek de moeite waard, ook voor Bart De Wever.
Oct 31, John David rated it liked it Phliipp While he maintained an appreciation of the Encyclopaedists, he preferred to distance himself from their atheism, and remained a Deist. But on to the next! Blom concentrates on the Paris salon of Baron d’Holbach, which dominated philosophical and political discourse in Europe, and arguably the world, in the midC.
We may never go back; perhaps these wonderful men and women may have helped imprint the notions of human rights irrevocably deep into our DNA–we can only hope; for those who would rather: