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But on to the next! The book has a broadly but not exclusively chronological structure and a series of rather whimsical chapter titles.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The only complaint I had was the detail in which the author explained the ideas of the philosophes. Moderate Enlightenment is typified by Voltaire still a popular influence today whose use of reason to ridicule clericalism and other authorities with scathing and cynical humour was, unsurprisingly, not appreciated by the people targeted, and had him constantly moving to escape their wrath.
He makes the most horrendous flippant generalizations and does nothing to back up his position other than an implied “if you don’t agree with me, you must be one of those radical Christians destroying our world.
Peligroda was no place in this vision for an aristocracy, for birthright, or for social hierarchy. At the table at Grandval, chez Holbach, they would sit down to delectable poulets a la Reine, cold pate, and raspberry gelee they actually give a menu from one of the gatherings in the book and talk about the philosophy, religion largely their intense dislike thereofand groundbreaking science. While he maintained an appreciation of the Encyclopaedists, he preferred to distance himself from their atheism, and remained a Deist.
A very out of the blue look at the Enlightenment that takes everything I’ve been taught so far and turns it leligrosa his head. The mix of philosophical ideas, debates, personal relationships, friendships and occasional jealousies and rivalries in pre-revolutionary Paris makes for a most enjoyable, revealing and stimulating read.
Surely it will get better! Philosophy, Modernity, and phikipp Emancipation of Man are equally wonderful. There are few things that I would die for, but I would lay my life down to keep my country from adopting a state religion.
The second volume in contains a number of articles by Holbach, he blpm eventually write more thanand the title page pays tribute to an unnamed person who is almost certainly Holbach. Sep 22, Steve rated it liked it. 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.
The view that Rousseau was the originator of totalitarianism is entirely unhistorical.
I assume Philipp Blom used Holbach’s dinner table as an organizing principle to talk about dispirit characters related to a movement that was more in debate with itself than affecting an agenda on society. De passage van Diderot aan het hof en bij Katharina de Grote is hilarisch. I have read nothing else on Rousseau, so I have to wonder whether this thoroughly negative picture is indeed justified.
Not only does Blom give detailed portraits of Denis Diderot and his close associates, he also offers a nice primer about previous thinkers like Lucretius, Spinoza and Descartes, and such non-Frenchmen as the wonderful David Hume, who spent a great deal of time arguing spiritedly about his ideas at the salon of Baron d’Holbach.
A Wicked Company: The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment by Philipp Blom
Blom heeft wellicht zoveel prestige dat geen redacteur hem nog durft terecht te wijzen. The author interweaves biographical snippets of various “radical” Enlightenment figures, primarily Diderot and Holbach, with broad brush, painless descriptions of their philosophies. De vriendschap vertroebelde echter door de labiele persoonlijkheid van Rousseau — hij had vaak te kampen met aanvallen van razernij en werd geplaagd door paranoia waardoor hij overal samenzweringen tegen zijn geniale zelf zag.
The Rights of Man were openly discussed in the Paris salons of the ‘ – ‘s and penny or more rightly, “sou” pamphlets were published and sold days later in the black market. Return to Book Page. Books by Philipp Blom. Zijn oordeel over Rousseau is vernietigend en daarin slaagt hij de bal mis. Change and Culture in the West, Specifically, Blom argues that the greatest champions of reason in this era were d’Holbach and Diderot, while it’s fiercest enemy was Rousseau. I am not terribly invested with the subject matter however, so this book may be for those more passionate in its study.
Without a God who has set some people above others, everybody — regardless of social station, sex, race, and creed — has an equal right to seek pleasure and, ultimately, happiness. Denis Diderot was one of my heroes since reading “La Religieuse” “The Nun” in High School French class the novel depicts a convent which is presided over by a sadistic lesbian.
To ask other readers questions about A Wicked Companyplease sign up. It is clear from the outset whom the author likes and dislikes, and whom he wants us to like. Trivia About A Wicked Company Oct 31, John David rated it liked it Shelves: 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.
This is an interesting interpretation of the radical enlightenment within Pre-Revolutionary French society. I felt like maybe it was supposed to be the former but often amounted to the latter, which diminished the former’s effectiveness.
The Baron and Diderot are at the centre of events, but there is an impressive cast of intellectual worthies including Hume and Rousseau, stretching even as far as the nascent USA.
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I also tend to sympathize with his portrayal of Rousseau as a simpering proto-fascist. Zo wordt de link gelegd tussen enerzijds het tamelijk onbekende Griekse epicurische denken via de Romein Lucretius en de wegbereiders Pierre Bayle en Baruch Spinoza en anderzijds Diderot en Holbach.
Soms heel boeiend relaas van de kring rond het salon Holbach in Parijs met een bijzondere plaats voor Diderot. Jan 03, Daniel Kukwa rated it really liked it Shelves: Detailed examination on the “Encyclopedie” and it glorious restructuring of human knowledge where scholasticism was dealt its first mortal blow–may we be forever saved from its peligrosq hierarchy of learning, its cant and its superstition.
Agree or disagree, it will leave you with much to contemplate after the fact The latter still flirted with the political status quo and entertained deism.