The Enlightenment and Modernity

  • Norman Geras
  • Robert Wokler

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Interpreting Enlightenment Principles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Geraint Parry
      Pages 25-49
    3. Andrea T. Baumeister
      Pages 50-65
    4. Hillel Steiner
      Pages 66-79
    5. Alistair Edwards
      Pages 100-114
  3. Assessing the Enlightenment Roots of Modernity

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 225-232

About this book


This collection of essays is addressed to the legacy of Enlightenment thought, with respect to eighteenth-century notions of human nature, human rights, representative democracy or the nation-state, and with regard to the barbarism, including the Holocaust, allegedly unleashed by eighteenth-century ideals of civilization.


Aufklärung democracy enlightenment human rights Kant Michel Foucault morality philosophy representative democracy

Editors and affiliations

  • Norman Geras
    • 1
  • Robert Wokler
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ManchesterUK
  2. 2.Department of PoliticsUniversity of ExeterUK

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