From ‘History of Philosophy’ to History of <i>l’Esprit humain</i>

Jonathan I. Israel

in Enlightenment Contested

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780199279227
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191700040 | DOI:
From ‘History of Philosophy’ to History of l’Esprit humain

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the revolutionary new idea of ‘l’histoire de l’esprit humain’ as a unitary process encompassing the whole of the human condition — an idea developed by Bayle, Fontenelle, Boulainvilliers, Fréret, Lévesque de Burigny, Mirabaud, Boureau-Deslandes, d’Argens, and Boulanger, and culminating in the young Diderot. It then turns to Diderot’s articles on history of philosophy.

Keywords: Radical Enlightenment; human condition; history of philosophy; Diderot

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