This fascinating little volume will be welcomed by students of the Enlightenment, will be a mandatory purchase for any serious research library, and would be a fine addition to any course interested in exploring one of the more interesting corners of the eighteenth century. The European Legacy - Toward New Paradigms Bahrdt's significance will continue to lie in the controversies generated by his radical theological ideas. This edition of his assertion of freedom of thought and expression as human rights should, however, draw attention to the wider significance of Bahrdt's opposition to authority. In future there will be no excuse for reading lists in English that simply contain Kant's more famous essay as the sole example of German Enlightenment thinking. History of Political Thought
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John Christian Laursen is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside. Johan van der Zande is Visiting Scholar in History at the University of California, Berkeley.