Global Counter-Enlightenment: Introductory remarks

J. van Eijnatten, Matthijs Lok

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Although there is little historical evidence for a clear-cut dichotomy between Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment as two coherent and unchanging traditions, it still makes sense to talk about Enlightened as well as Counter-Enlightened currents in modern thought. Much of the extant literature has been devoted to the Counter-Enlightenment’s European context. We now draw attention to the global dimensions of Counter-Enlightened thought. Did a ‘Counter-Enlightened inter- national’ exist? Can we draw parallels between manifestations of a Counter-Enlightenment in different parts of the world?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)406-422
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal for History, Culture and Modernity
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Counter-Enlightenment
  • global history
  • Isaiah Berlin
  • transnationalism


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