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Charles W. J. Withers

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment

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...French, and its “high priest” was Voltaire. The “Revolutionary Enlightenment” drew more evidently upon the writings of Rousseau and had its apotheosis in the life and work of Thomas Paine and William Godwin. A more evidently “Didactic Enlightenment” had Scotland and the Scottish science of man as its originating center and principal focus. For May, these typological differences had different regional expression: the “Skeptical Enlightenment” was stronger, for example, in the slave owning “Stoical South” than ever it was elsewhere. In New England, the new nation...