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The politics of disenchantment: Marcel Gauchet and the French struggle with secularization

Peden, Knox


This article looks at Marcel Gauchet’s major metahistorical statement, The Disenchantment of the World: A Political History of Religion (1985), and uses it to advance a series of claims about the place of secularization in debates within and about French politics, especially in relation to modern French history. The argument is put forward that Gauchet’s work is best understood as offering an alternative philosophy of history to Marxism that could serve to support a broadly republican...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Intellectual History Review
DOI: 10.1080/17496977.2016.1255464


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