In Defence of the Enlightenment

Tzvetan Todorov

RRP: £9.99

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781843548140

RRP: £16.99

1 December 2009

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781843548133

RRP: £7.99

1 October 2010

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9780857891389

In this profound and provocative new book internationally renowned thinker Tzvetan Todorov defends the role of the Enlightenment as the philosophical cornerstone of the modern world and argues that the wisdom of the Enlightment thinkers is as relevant today, as it was in the eighteenth century.

Although our liberal democracies are the offspring of the Enlightenment, they also illustrate the ways in which its ideas have been distorted and perverted. People living in democracies today can be baffled by phenomena which resist easy judgement: globalisation and media omnipotence, state-sponsored torture and disinformation, moralism and the right of intervention, the dominance of economics and the triumph of technology. In this book, Todorov shows that we cannot learn lessons from the past unless we know how to relate them to the present. In The Defence of the Enlightenment, Tzvetan Todorov demonstrates that what remains relevant to people today is the spirit of that age, expressed in the core principles and values for which the Enlightenment stood.