Antoine Lilti

teaches social and cultural history at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and is former editor of the Annales journal. He is the author of The World of the Salons: Sociability and Worldliness in Eighteenth-Century Paris, and co-editor of Penser l'Europe au XVIIIe siècle: commerce, civilisation, empire.

Le Thé à l'anglaise servi dans le salon des Quatre-Glaces au palais du Temple à Paris en 1764

How Do We Write the Intellectual History of the Enlightenment? Spinozism, Radicalism, and Philosophy

The Enlight­en­ment is again the object of debate. We can only rejoice that tra­di­tion­al inter­pre­ta­tions have been ques­tioned. Yet it would be regret­table to replace one doxa with anoth­er by arti­fi­cial­ly con­struct­ing a homo­ge­neous philo­soph­i­cal tra­di­tion and a tele­ol­o­gy of philo­soph­i­cal rad­i­cal­ism, link­ing Spin­oza and the French Rev­o­lu­tion and, doubt­less fur­ther, the con­tem­po­rary rad­i­cal left.