Title: Whose enlightenment?
Author: FILLAFER, Franz Leander
Citation: Austrian history yearbook, 2017, Vol. 48, pp. 111-125
ISSN: 0067-2378; 1558-5255
The Enlightenment seems out of kilter. Until fairly recently, its trajectories were beguilingly simple and straightforward. Devised by Western metropolitan masterminds, the Enlightenment was piously appropriated by their latter-day apprentices in Central and Eastern Europe. This process of benign percolation made modern science, political liberty, and religious toleration trickle down to East-Central Europe. The self-orientalizing of nineteenth-century Central European intellectuals reinforced this impression, making concepts that were ostensibly authentic and pristine at their Western sources seem garbled and skewed once appropriated in their region.
Published online: 20 April 2017
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