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Colonising ‘Free’ Will

A Critique of Political Decolonisation in Ghana

Bernard Forjwuor

refers to as the ‘critical attitude’, is intimately intertwined with the Enlightenment ( Raunig 2008 ; Allen 2017 ) and Eurocentric rationalities ( Mbembe 2001 ; Serequeberhan 1997 ; Mills 2017 ); and, if the constitutive colonial impulses are also

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Science, Customs, and the Modern Subject

From Emulation to Education in the Semantics of Spanish Enlightenment

Pablo Sánchez León

commerce, and projects of reform—played a crucial role in the displaying of the Enlightenment as a whole. 6 Bourbon Spain was not exceptional in this regard. 7 Along the siècle des Lumières , political economy was in the making, however, and tended to

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Cotten Seiler

striving for culture … their mentality is quite dormant, remaining sunk within itself and making no progress.” Further along toward enlightenment are the Mongols who, for their part, “reveal as their characteristic feature a restless mobility which comes to

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Engaged anthropology in the time of late liberalism

Activists, anthropologists, and the state in India

Moyukh Chatterjee

. There literacy activists inspired by Paulo Friere struggle to infuse the rural countryside with Enlightenment ideals of self-determination, even as the pedagogical practices of the activists often work against these ideals. This raises the question: how

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Heidi Morrison, James S. Finley, Daniel Owen Spence, Aaron Hatley, Rachael Squire, Michael Ra-shon Hall, Stéphanie Vincent-Geslin, Sibo Chen, Tawny Andersen, and Stéphanie Ponsavady

center of Sarah Jane Cervenak’s book, which ambitiously examines wayward movement in relation to both Enlightenment-era formulations of reason and freedom as well as post-Enlightenment (and often state-imposed) limitations on physical mobility. As

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History, Violence, and Steven Pinker

Mark S. Micale and Philip Dwyer

more primitive capacities for aggression, including murder. In this process of progressive self-pacification, Pinker places special emphasis on the Enlightenment, broadly conceived, which initiated “the humanitarian revolution.” The growing adoption of

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Shakespeare and the Jews

Lily Kahn

. Jewish engagement with Shakespeare goes back to the beginning of the Jewish Enlightenment in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, when Hebrew authors in Central Europe first began looking to Shakespeare as a literary role model and

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Shylock in Buchenwald

Hanan Snir’s Israeli-German Production (Weimar 1995)

Gad Kaynar-Kissinger

Shylock as a touchstone: The Merchant of Venice on the German stage From the Enlightenment to our own day, German-language productions of The Merchant of Venice have reflected the always problematic state of German-Jewish relations. All

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A Message from Senior Editor Linda E. Mitchell

Edited by Linda E. Mitchell

century known as the “Enlightenment” with the respect it deserves. As the pages of this journal have demonstrated over and over, these statements are not just problematic and controversial, they are patently tendentious. Pinker—who is not a historian

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Ana Isabel González Manso

conceived: while in the Enlightenment era this meaning was based on scientific progress, from the third decade of the nineteenth century it would be based on the conjugation of moral and material factors. In the second case practical purpose is claimed by