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Ideological Hesitancy in Spain 1700-1750$
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Ivy L. McClelland

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780853230977

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317323

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Reason of Unreason in the Spanish Vulgo

Reason of Unreason in the Spanish Vulgo

(p.1) Chapter 1 Reason of Unreason in the Spanish Vulgo
Ideological Hesitancy in Spain 1700-1750
Liverpool University Press

Rationalist reformers of the Siglo de las Luces (Century of Enlightenment) in Spain experienced persistent opposition that could be attributed to blind ignorance and prejudice. Ilustristas and ilustrados certainly had to deal with irrational ignorance and prejudice. Blind prejudice did not always account for a reluctance to favour seeming threats to established forms of reasoning or practical ways of life in Spain. For the Enlightened, the term ‘rabble’, or vulgo, could be used in varying degrees of disparagement from tolerance to contempt. Polemic reached all vulgo classes, intellectual or otherwise, in part due to the publication of academic treatises and translations of foreign treatises, along with the proliferation of popular tracts, and, moreover, was an inevitable result of the emergence of the popular press.

Keywords:   Spain, reasoning, las Luces, prejudice, ilustristas, ilustrados, vulgo, treatises, popular press, Century of Enlightenment

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