Dan Edelstein, Introduction to the Super-Enlightenment
I. What limits of understanding?
Peter Reill, The hermetic imagination in the high and late Enlightenment
David Bates, Super-epistemology
Jessica Riskin, Mr Machine and the imperial me
II. The arts of knowing
Liana Vardi, Physiocratic visions
Anthony Vidler, For the love of architecture: Claude-Nicolas Ledoux and the Hypnerotomachia
Fabienne Moore, The poetry of the Super-Enlightenment: the theories and practices of Cazotte, Chassaignon, Mercier, Saint-Martin and Bonneville
III. Sacred societies
Natalie Bayer, What do you seek from us? Wisdom? Virtue? Enlightenment? Inventing a Masonic science of man in Russia
Kris Pangburn, Bonnet’s theory of palingenesis: an ‘Enlightened’ account of personal resurrection?
Dan Edelstein, The Egyptian French Revolution: antiquarianism, Freemasonry and the mythology of nature
Tili Boon Cuillé, From myth to religion in Ossian’s France
Dan Edelstein is the William H. Bonsall Professor of French and, by courtesy, History at Stanford University. He is the author, most recently, of 'On the Spirit of Rights' (Chicago, 2018). He is also active in the field of digital humanities, notably through the "Mapping the Republic of Letters" project.
'By turning their attention to figures sometimes pejoratively
referred to as ‘illuminés’, the essays of this volume shed a new
light on eighteenth-century thought, revalorizing often
marginalized thinkers, revealing the complementarity of
Super-Enlightenment and Enlightenment, and thus enhancing our
understanding of the particular complexity of this period in the
history of ideas.'
- French Studies
'The Super Enlightenment is most significant and valuable to Enlightenment studies for the opportunity it gives modern-day academics to reflect upon the intellectual and philosophical geography of the period, but also to reconsider how they study it. It opens the field to dialogue, allowing us to ask questions we may not have otherwise considered.'