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Trying on the Veil

Sexual Autonomy and the End of the French Republic in Michel Houellebecq’s Submission

Seth Armus

seems to find some comfort in a “conversion” to Islam. In interviews Houellebecq has partially endorsed François’ choice to assume an easy role as the anti-humanist, anxious for the emergence of a post-Enlightenment. He has also suggested the novel was

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Lloyd Kramer Enlightenment Phantasies: Cultural Identity in France and Germany, 1750-1914 by Harold Mah

Cheryl Welch L’Impensé de la démocratie: Tocqueville, la citoyenneté et la religion by Agnès Antoine

Judith Surkis Jews and Gender in Liberation France by K.H. Adler

Frédéric Viguier Violences urbaines, violence sociale. Genèse des nouvelles classes dangereuses by Stéphane Beaud and Michel Pialoux

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Françoise Gollain

The last four years have seen the rise of a movement on the French radical left positing a fundamental conflict between economic growth and ecological sustainability and calling for a reversal of growth (décroissance) against the current consensus around the concept of sustainable development. This challenge to the growth imperative and, more widely, of the ideology of progress, represents a return to the explicitly antiproductivist approaches that emerged in the early 1970s with the rise of radical political ecology. This article charts the birth of the décroissance movement, which is comprised of two components: anticonsumerist and antidevelopment. It also contrasts the movement with other closely-related ideological elements of the French antiglobalization and anticapitalist movements, elements that belong to the dominant, mainly Marxist tradition, whose anticapitalist struggle builds on the legacy of the Enlightenment period. The article concludes that, by placing antieconomicist and antiutilitarian thought drawn from social sciences on the agenda of the French radical Left, the décroissance movement could potentially generate a major paradigm shift founded on a critical evaluation of the heritage of modernity.

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Selective Empathy

Workers, Colonial Subjects, and the Affective Politics of French Romantic Socialism

Naomi J. Andrews

by the body of scholarship in both history and literature that has examined the role of emotions in the critiques of human inequality and suffering that were central to the Enlightenment. Studies of sentimentality and empathy have linked a variety of

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John H. Gillespie

the Enlightenment’s continuing influence, society’s direction was still strongly influenced by belief in God and Christian values. His term is, therefore, predominantly prophetic in nature. He asserts that God is dead in the intellectual sense: ‘the

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Deborah Evans

alliance between jihadists and many Islamist organisations in the West, it has been very successful, particularly in its assault on freedom of speech. So while I agree that IS is attacking the enlightenment as a Western phenomenon, this is merely one aspect

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Outrageous Flirtation, Repressed Flirtation, and the Gallic Singularity

Alexis de Tocqueville's Comparative Views on Women and Marriage in France and the United States

Jean Elisabeth Pedersen

conclude that American ones were the best: Begin by noting that if democratic peoples grant women the right to choose their husbands freely, they are careful first to furnish their minds with the enlightenment and their wills with the strength that may be

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Camille Robcis and Benjamin Poole

, Bourdon reminds us that the dream of forging a European identity through televisual enlightenment was always unrealistic in a world in which politics, culture, and economics continue to be organized primarily at the national and global levels. Among the

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Counter-Violence and Islamic Terrorism

Is Liberation without Freedom Possible?

Maria Russo

like a symbolic scapegoat, whatever its responsibility, as one of the players involved. Furthermore, ISIS is not attacking the West because they consider it an accomplice in creating the current impasse in the Middle East but rather for an enlightenment

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From In-Itself to Practico-Inert

Freedom, Subjectivity and Progress

Kimberly S. Engels

to illustrate his belief that Sartre is ‘interested in the idea that the world of worked matter is, to some degree, a world of liberation and enlightenment’. 11 Gyllenhammer focuses on Sartre’s conception of committed literature and its potential for