The Anti-Enlightenment Tradition

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  • Copyright: 2009-12-22
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
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In this masterful work of historical scholarship, Zeev Sternhell, an internationally renowned Israeli political scientist and historian, presents a controversial new view of the origins of fascism, locating them in the eighteenth century with the advent of the Anti-Enlightenment, a far earlier date than most historians. The thinkers belonging to the Anti-Enlightenment (a tradition originally identified by Friedrich Nietzsche) represent a perspective that is anti-rational and anti-intellectual and rejects the principles of natural law. Sternhell asserts that the Anti-Enlightenment is a development separate from the Enlightenment and sees the two traditions as evolving parallel to one another over time. He contends that J.G. Herder, Edmund Burke, and Joseph de Maistre can be connected to the origins of the Anti-Enlightenment and shows how that tradition undermines the very foundations of liberalism, contributing to the development of fascism that culminated in the European catastrophes of the twentieth century.

Author Biography

Zeev Sternhell, who won the 2008 Israel Prize in political science, is Leon Blum Professor of Political Science, Hebrew University.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Clash of Traditionsp. 40
The Foundations of a Different Modernityp. 93
The Revolt against Reason and Natural Rightsp. 141
The Political Culture of Prejudicep. 187
The Law of Inequality and the War on Democracyp. 223
The Intellectual Foundations of Nationalismp. 274
The Crisis of Civilization, Relativism, and the Death of Universal Values at the Beginning of the Twentieth Centuryp. 315
The Anti-Enlightenment of the Cold Warp. 372
Epiloguep. 422
Notesp. 445
Indexp. 516
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Cheap books February 14, 2011
This book covers the topic of anti-enlightenment and the fall of democracy in the 20th century. This book can be controversial, depending on how you look at it. Either way it is a great book with a great price.
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