A Wicked Company: The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment

A Wicked Company: The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment

Philipp Blom


The flourishing of radical philosophy in Baron Thierry Holbach’s Paris salon from the 1750s to the 1770s stands as a seminal occasion in Western heritage. Holbach’s condo used to be a world epicenter of innovative principles and highbrow bold, bringing jointly such unique minds as Denis Diderot, Laurence Sterne, David Hume, Adam Smith, Ferdinando Galiani, Horace Walpole, Benjamin Franklin, Guillaume Raynal, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

In A depraved Company, acclaimed historian Philipp Blom retraces the fortunes of this unheard of crew of buddies. All awesome minds, packed with wit, braveness, and perception, their considering created a unique and radical French Enlightenment in line with atheism, ardour, cause, and really humanist pondering. A startlingly suitable paintings of narrative background, A depraved Company forces us to confront with new eyes the foundational debates approximately glossy society and its future.

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