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Back to Modern ReasonJohan Hjerpe and Other Petit Bourgeois in Stockholm in the Age of Enlightenment$
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Arne Jarrick

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235835

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312632

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Johan Hjerpe and the culture of Enlightenment

Johan Hjerpe and the culture of Enlightenment

(p.136) Chapter 5 Johan Hjerpe and the culture of Enlightenment
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Enlightenment philosophy is associated with a number of themes, including a secularised deism or atheism, the notion that history will never return to its starting point, and an expanded awareness of the value of foreign cultures. This chapter explores how these attitudes were modified when they reached the man in the street, focusing on Johan Hjerpe and Jacques-Louis Ménétra. It compares the two men with respect to three central themes of Enlightenment – religion, the outside world, and progress – and shows that both Hjerpe and Ménétra were bound by culturally transmitted ways of thinking, transformed during the eighteenth century by Enlightenment influences.

Keywords:   Enlightenment, Johan Hjerpe, Jacques-Louis Ménétra, religion, outside world, progress

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