Utopia and Reform in the Enlightenment

Utopia and Reform in the Enlightenment In this detailed study of the republican tradition in the development of the Enlightenment the central problem of utopia and reform is crystallized in a discussion of the right to punish Describing t

  • Title: Utopia and Reform in the Enlightenment
  • Author: Franco Venturi
  • ISBN: 9780521078450
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this detailed study of the republican tradition in the development of the Enlightenment, the central problem of utopia and reform is crystallized in a discussion of the right to punish Describing the political situation in Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the author shows how the old republics in Italy, Poland and Holland stagnated and were unable toIn this detailed study of the republican tradition in the development of the Enlightenment, the central problem of utopia and reform is crystallized in a discussion of the right to punish Describing the political situation in Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the author shows how the old republics in Italy, Poland and Holland stagnated and were unable to survive in the age of absolutism The Philosophes discussed the ideal of republicanism against this background They were particularly influenced by the political and religious radicalism of John Toland, which had survived the English Restoration and was then reaching Europe Professor Venturi traces the debate on the penal laws and the attempt to relate utopian ideas of society to the practical problem of dealing with man in society, which culminated in the assertion by many Philosophes that an unjust social system necessitated harsh penal laws, thereby rejecting the possibility of reform.

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    1. This is a series of five lectures Venturi delivered at Cambridge in 1968 or 1969. The overarching subject, as the title indicates, is the relationship between utopia and reform in Enlightenment political thought. That is, the question of whether the goal should be to reform society or to remake it wholesale. One of the interesting things about the book is Venturi's focus on republican thought just at the beginning of its ascendance to a pride of place in the historiography of European intellectu [...]

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