'Aufklarung', freemasonry, the public sphere and the question of Enlightenment

Mehigan, Tim and De Burgh, Helene (2008) 'Aufklarung', freemasonry, the public sphere and the question of Enlightenment. Journal of European Studies, 38 1: 5-25. doi:10.1177/0047244107086798

Author Mehigan, Tim
De Burgh, Helene
Title 'Aufklarung', freemasonry, the public sphere and the question of Enlightenment
Journal name Journal of European Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0047-2441
Publication date 2008-03
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0047244107086798
Volume 38
Issue 1
Start page 5
End page 25
Total pages 21
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Formatted abstract
That the Enlightenment was a movement reaching across at least three European countries (France, Germany and Britain) in the eighteenth century, with a similar platform in all three (social improvement on the basis of unassisted reason), is the current orthodoxy. Yet this view can only be accepted with qualifications. It is the intention of this essay to focus attention on these qualifications. A first objection lies with the fact that no platform of Enlightenment was articulated in any country in the eighteenth century apart from Germany. In the debate about Enlightenment initiated in the Berlinische Monatsschrift in 1783, Kant's insistence that Aufklrung must stay within political limits is considered characteristic not only of the German discussion, but indeed of all broadly Enlightenment thought from the beginning. In considering Koselleck's argument about the Enlightenment, which analysed this same conservatism, a second objection is apparent: the impulse to stay within the confines of the absolutist state suggests that eighteenth-century Enlightenment, politically speaking, was decidedly other than that which has subsequently been found within it.
Keyword Eighteenth century publishing
Political philosophy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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