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 “a veritable babylon” Enlightenment and Disorder “Les petits” are led along by the example of “les grands” and “les grands” have no power to repress the unruliness of “les petits” since they take part in the same disorders. This entire colony is a veritable Babylon. B Father Le Maire on Louisiana,  (Bibliothèque Nationale, Ms. Fr. , fol. ) One of Louisiana’s earliest intellectuals was also one of its most interesting characters: Father Le Maire, who spent fourteen years in Louisiana (– ). He had taken thismissionary work out of a curiosity

1 Introduction: Fetishism, Figurism, and Myths of Enlightenment daniel h. leonard Of a stature below the mediocre, and of a weak and delicate tempera- ment, he found the advantages of the most robust physique in a mascu- line and meticulous education. [ . . . ]1 To elevate ourselves to the height of his ideas, we must, with the aid of erudition, borrow the wings of his genius. [ . . . ] Under a quite modest title, this work in fact disguises the most difficult work, and the most brave. [ . . . ] All the while appearing to treat only the material of language

Chapter twenty Religious Freedom in the Panopticon of Enlightenment Rationality Peter G. Danchin The contract may have been regarded as the ideal foundation of law and political power; panopticism constituted the technique, universally widespread, of coercion. It continued to work in depth on the juridical structures of society, in order to make the effective mecha- nisms of power function in opposition to the formal framework that it had acquired. The “Enlightenment,” which discovered the liberties, also invented the disciplines.—Michel Foucault, Discipline

c h a p t e r t w o Enlightenment and Denominationalism in Jefferson’s Virginia The relatively small size of all American colleges at the end of the eighteenth century underscored the absence of an intellectual class in America. The emer ­ gence of any concentration of college­ educated individuals had to respond to the distinctive features of colonial settlement. For the most part, New England had fewer groups of well­ educated citizens but had the distinctive advantage of lower mortality rates. Certainly, by the late seventeenth century, New En­ gland no

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