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Prix Istvan Hont 2015

Prix Istvan Hont 2015

Silvia Sebastiani a reçu le Prix Istvan Hont du meilleur livre d'histoire intellectuelle de l'année pour son ouvrage The Scottish Enlightenment. Race, Gender and the Limits of Progress, New York, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013.  (traduction de l’italien et édition révisée de I limiti del progresso).

The Institute of Intellectual History awards the István Hont Book Prize to the best book published in intellectual history in any calendar year.

 

Résumé du livre :

The Scottish Enlightenment shaped a new conception of history as a gradual and universal progress from savagery to civil society. Whereas women emancipated themselves from the yoke of male-masters, men in turn acquired polite manners and became civilized. Such a conception, however, presents problematic questions: why were the Americans still savage? Why was it that the Europeans only had completed all the stages of the historic process? Could modern societies escape the destiny of earlier empires and avoid decadence? Was there a limit beyond which women's influence might result in dehumanization? The Scottish Enlightenment's legacy for modernity emerges here as a two-faced Janus, an unresolved tension between universalism and hierarchy, progress and the limits of progress.

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