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Rival Enlightenments
Civil and Metaphysical Philosophy in Early Modern Germany

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  • Author: Ian Hunter, Griffith University, Queensland
  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521025492

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  • Rival Enlightenments is a major reinterpretation of early modern German intellectual history. Ian Hunter treats the civil philosophy of Pufendorf and Thomasius and the metaphysical philosophy of Leibniz and Kant as rival intellectual cultures or paideia, thereby challenging all histories premised on Kant's supposed reconciliation and transcendence of the field. This landmark study argues that the marginalization of civil philosophy in post-Kantian philosophical history may itself illustrate the continuing struggle between the rival enlightenments. Combining careful scholarship with vivid polemic, Hunter presents penetrating insights for philosophers and historians alike.

    • Interesting interpretations of four leading early modern thinkers: Leibniz, Pufendorf, Thomasius and Kant
    • Makes available the latest German scholarship on early modern political, juridical, religious and philosophical thought
    • Major contribution to topical debates: 'detranscendentalizing' of philosophy; revival of interest in early modern natural law doctrines and the problem of sovereignty
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...we should thank Hunter for a provocative and valuable book..." Paul Saurette, University of Ottawa

    "Hunter's rereading of German intellectual history is original and controversial..." Review of Metaphysics

    "Rival Enlightenments is a study of the German Enlightenment by one of the leading scholars of the history of European political, legal, and moral philosophy. It is a work of outstanding scholarship and originality." Economy and Society

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521025492
    • length: 428 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.648kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations and texts used
    Note on conventions
    Part I. Rival Enlightenments:
    1. University metaphysics
    2. Civil philosophy
    Part II. Civil and Metaphysical Philosophy:
    3. Leibniz' political metaphysics
    4. Pufendorf's civil philosophy
    5. Thomasius and the desacralisation of politics
    6. Kant and the preservation of metaphysics
    Postscript: the kingdom of truth and the civil kingdom
    List of references

  • Author

    Ian Hunter, Griffith University, Queensland
    Ian Hunter is Professor of Humanities and Founding Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.

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