The Structure and Form of the French Enlightenment: Esprit révolutionnaire

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Princeton University Press, 1977 - Philosophy - 456 pages

The author describes the influence on the Enlightenment of the intellectual currents that had been active in France, particularly the historical and humanistic esprit critique and the scientific esprit moderne. The second volume probes the writings of Morelly, Helvetius, Holbach, Mably, and Condorcet as they reveal the transformation of the esprit philosophique into the esprit revolutionnaire.

Originally published in 1978.

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