Beyond Heroes and Villains: Reassessing Racism in the German Enlightenment

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February 10, 2021

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Morgan Golf-French, « Beyond Heroes and Villains: Reassessing Racism in the German Enlightenment », German Historical Institute London Blog, ID : 10670/1.np3qn8


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In post-1945 German culture the Enlightenment has generally been a source of celebration. Since at least the publication of Dialektik der Aufklärung (1947), however, intellectuals have considered the possibility that Enlightenment philosophy may have contributed to twentieth-century totalitarianism. Yet it is the competing vision of the Enlightenment as progressive, cosmopolitan, and intellectually open that has generally won out. ((This view came to prominence with Ernst Cassirer’s Phi...

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