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Enlightenment ContestedPhilosophy, Modernity, and the Emancipation of Man 1670-1752$
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Jonathan I. Israel

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199279227

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279227.001.0001

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From ‘History of Philosophy’ to History of l’Esprit humain

From ‘History of Philosophy’ to History of l’Esprit humain

(p.496) 19 From ‘History of Philosophy’ to History of l’Esprit humain
Enlightenment Contested

Jonathan I. Israel

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a discussion of the revolutionary new idea of ‘l’histoire de l’esprit humain’ as a unitary process encompassing the whole of the human condition — an idea developed by Bayle, Fontenelle, Boulainvilliers, Fréret, Lévesque de Burigny, Mirabaud, Boureau-Deslandes, d’Argens, and Boulanger, and culminating in the young Diderot. It then turns to Diderot’s articles on history of philosophy.

Keywords:   Radical Enlightenment, human condition, history of philosophy, Diderot

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