Stéphanie Roza, La gauche contre les Lumières ? The Left Against the Enlightenment.Leave a comment
06/10/2020 by socialistfight
This is good stuff. I have argued along these lines myself.
Stéphanie Roza, La gauche contre les Lumières ? Fayard,
The ‘culture wars’ , where to begin, where to end? “We are witnessing” writes Stéphanie Roza, “at the present moment, in some of the academic and activist world.. a “tir de barrage” against “imperial Reason”, the humanist Enlightenment Project originally formed in the 18th century. It stands accused as fundamentally imperialist, neo-colonial, male and oppressive, “in a word, ‘white’.” Against these views the feminist philosopher, specialist in the Enlightenment ideas, and early socialist thinkers (Comment l’utopie est devenue un programme politique,) member of la Fondation Jean-Jaurès, affirms that this blanket rejection offers no prospect of human emancipation.
For Roza the anti-Enlightenment currents she surveys offer are more than a dead-end. Taken as a whole they are a “regression” to conservative and counter-revolutionary hostility towards the Enlightenment, the hatred of Edmund Burke and de Masitre, for the French Revolution. Sexed up by a…
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