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Re: When French Was the Language of Enlightenment

Question: If French was the language of Enlightenment, why does my dictonary only lists "Enlightenment" as second option and puts the German term "Aufklärung" top?

(Answer: Because German philosopher Kant was already back then so important that English speakers used his expression)

Nothing against the French, but besides Kant was that the time of Herder, Schiller, Goether in literature, Bach, Haydn, Mozart in music... yes, politicians spoke French, but dare I say that politics were not the most enlightened part of society - back then as well as now....
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Question: If French was the language of Enlightenment, why does my dictonary only lists "Enlightenment" as second option and puts the German term "Aufklärung" top?

(Answer: Because German philosopher Kant was already back then so important that English speakers used his expression)

I thought maybe it was because you were Googling it from Zürich and your default responses were in German.
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Old 11.07.2011, 17:52
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I thought maybe it was because you were Googling it from Zürich and your default responses were in German.
That would not make a lot of sense for a German-English dictionary...

Wikipedia reference-linkAufklärung
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Re: When French Was the Language of Enlightenment

Is it possible to have French Lumières and German Aufklärung at the same time without forgetting Hume who wrote in English ? Is it?

If you talk about who's got the biggest one, then please procede...
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If you talk about who's got the biggest one, then please procede...
I don't. I just argue that not the entire world was speaking French... and that it wasn't as in the title the language if enlightenment. Adding that some important writers wrote in English actually supports that point.

And it was even quite the opposite - the enlightenment in Germany and Austria gave a strong impulse to the own language and culture - before that time was French the standard, not then anymore.
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Just read a very interesting book review in the Sunday NY Times: When French Was the Language of Enlightenment
On the other hand, the Age of Enlightenment came to end with the French Revolution. One can only assume the French weren't cut out for it

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As to its end, most scholars use the last years of the century—often choosing the French Revolution of 1789 or the beginning of the Napoleonic Wars (1804–15) as a convenient point in time with which to date the end of the Enlightenment.
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