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The Enlightenment from a New Right Perspective

Immanuel Kant, 1724–1804

Immanuel Kant, 1724–1804

6,399 words

“When Kant philosophizes, say on ethical ideas, he maintains the validity of his theses for men of all times and places. He does not say this in so many words, for, for himself and his readers, it is something that goes without saying. In his aesthetics he formulates the principles, not of Phidias’s art, of Rembrandt’s art, but of Art generally. But what he poses as necessary forms of thought are in reality only necessary forms of Western thought.” — Oswald Spengler  Read more …

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Enlightenment & Global History

Heinrich Füger, "Prometheus Brings Fire to Mankind," 1817

Heinrich Füger, “Prometheus Brings Fire to Mankind,” 1817

5,674 words

The history of Europe is undergoing a massive re-interpretation in the name of a World History for Us All. Europe and Asia are now regularly portrayed as “surprisingly similar” in their markets, standard of living, and scientific knowhow as late as 1750/1800. Jack Goldstone has even argued that there “were no cultural or institutional dynamics leading to a materially superior civilization in the West” before 1850,[1] except for the appearance in Britain, “due to a host of locally contingent factors,” of an “engineering culture.”  Read more …

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Hitler as Enlightenment Intellectual:
The Enduring Allure of Hitlerism

Graphic by Harold Arthur McNeill

2,410 words

Lawrence Birken
Hitler as Philosophe: Remnants of the Enlightenment in National Socialism
Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 1995.

A specter is haunting the world — the specter of Hitlerism. That, in short, is the stern warning of this provocative book, written by an Assistant Professor of History at Ball State University (Indiana), and published by Praeger, a leading US academic publisher.

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The Culture of Critique & the Pathogenesis of Modern Society

3,201 words

Reinhart Koselleck
Critique and Crises: Enlightenment and the Pathogenesis of Modern Society
Cambridge: MIT Press, 1988

La politique, c’est le destin. — Napoleon

Koselleck’s Critique and Crisis (1959) is one of the great dissertations of the 20th-century German university system.

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