Capitalism or enlightenment?
Author: Wood E.M.
Source: History of Political Thought, Volume 21, Number 3, 2000 , pp. 405-426(22)
Publisher: Imprint Academic
Western conceptions of modernity and, by extension, postmodernity typically conflate various historical processes, such as the development of capitalism and the rise of Enlightenment rationalism. Those conflations are also reflected in the identification of bourgeois and capitalist. However, the cultural and intellectual forms of the French Enlightenment are distinct from the ideologies of capitalism. The Enlightenment belongs to a social, political and economic formation quite different from capitalist society. These differences affected conceptions of progress, science and the role of intellectuals.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2000-01-01