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The Resource Secular assemblages : affect, Orientalism and power in the French Enlightenment, Marek Sullivan

Secular assemblages : affect, Orientalism and power in the French Enlightenment, Marek Sullivan

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Secular assemblages : affect, Orientalism and power in the French Enlightenment
Title
Secular assemblages
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affect, Orientalism and power in the French Enlightenment
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Marek Sullivan
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Affect, Orientalism and power in the French Enlightenment
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eng
Summary
"In this book, Marek Sullivan challenges a widespread consensus linking secularization to rationalization, and argues for a more sensual genealogy of secularity connected to affect, race and power. While existing works of secular intellectual history, especially Charles Taylor's A Secular Age (2007), tend to rely on rationalistic conceptions of Enlightenment thought, Sullivan offers an alternative perspective on key thinkers such as Descartes, Montesquieu and Diderot, asserting that these figures sought to reinstate emotion against the rationalistic tendencies of the past. From Descartes's last work Les Passions de l'℗me (1649) to Baron d'Holbach's System of Nature (1770), the French Enlightenment demonstrated an acute understanding of the limits of reason, with crucial implications for our current 'postsecular' and 'postliberal' moment. Sullivan also emphasizes the importance of Western constructions of Oriental religions for the history of the secular, identifying a distinctively secular-yet impassioned-form of Orientalism that emerged in the 18th century. Mahomet's racial profile in Voltaire's Le Fanatisme, ou Mahomet (1741), for example, functioned as a polemic device calibrated for emotional impact, in line with Enlightenment efforts to generate an affective body of anti-Catholic propaganda that simultaneously shored up people's sense of national belonging. By exposing the Enlightenment as a nationalistic and affective movement that resorted to racist, Orientalist and emotional tropes from the outset, Sullivan ultimately undermines modern nationalist appeals to the Enlightenment as a mark of European distinction."--Publisher's website
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YDX
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1985-
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Sullivan, Marek
Dewey number
211.6094409033
Index
index present
LC call number
BL2765.F8
LC item number
S85 2020
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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Bloomsbury advances in religious studies
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  • Secularism
  • Rationalism
  • France
  • Rationalism
  • Religion
  • Secularism
  • France
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Secular assemblages : affect, Orientalism and power in the French Enlightenment, Marek Sullivan
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [224]-238) and index
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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Contents
Cartesian Secularity : 'Disengaged Reason', the Passions and the Public Sphere Beyond Charles Taylor's A Secular Age (2007) -- Enlightened Bodies I : Secular Passions, Empiricism and Civic Virtue in the 'Radical Enlightenment' -- Enlightened Bodies II : The Crafting of a Secular-National Subject -- The Ritual Mask of Oriental Despotism : Wonder and Superimposition in Montesquieu's Lettres Persanes (1721) and De l'Esprit des Lois (1748) -- 'A Morbid Impression' : Race, Religion and Metaphor in Le Fanatisme, ou Mahomet (1741)
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1105708567
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24 cm.
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x, 245 pages
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9781350123670
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1105708567
Label
Secular assemblages : affect, Orientalism and power in the French Enlightenment, Marek Sullivan
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [224]-238) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cartesian Secularity : 'Disengaged Reason', the Passions and the Public Sphere Beyond Charles Taylor's A Secular Age (2007) -- Enlightened Bodies I : Secular Passions, Empiricism and Civic Virtue in the 'Radical Enlightenment' -- Enlightened Bodies II : The Crafting of a Secular-National Subject -- The Ritual Mask of Oriental Despotism : Wonder and Superimposition in Montesquieu's Lettres Persanes (1721) and De l'Esprit des Lois (1748) -- 'A Morbid Impression' : Race, Religion and Metaphor in Le Fanatisme, ou Mahomet (1741)
Control code
1105708567
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 245 pages
Isbn
9781350123670
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1105708567

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