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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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Epilogue: In retrospect

Epilogue: In retrospect

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This book has explored the link between Johan Hjerpe and Enlightenment, in part because Enlightenment played a very prominent role in the social debate during the reign of Gustavus III as king of Sweden. Enlightenment gave rise to a number of spiritual processes that shaped the development of mentalities in Sweden and its environs. Enlightenment philosophers chose foreign cultures as their vantage points from which to reflect upon their own, allowing them to cultivate self-reflexive relativism from which some themes emerged more coherent than others: an extended consciousness of the value of foreign cultures, a secularised deism or atheism, and the idea that history never returns to its starting point. The book has also looked at the artisan uprising of April 1789 in Sweden, literacy in Europe, and acculturation. It furthermore shows the influence of Enlightenment on ordinary people by focusing on the writings of Johan Hjerpe and Jacques-Louis Ménétra.

Keywords:   Johan Hjerpe, Enlightenment, Jacques-Louis Ménétra, literacy, acculturation, Sweden, relativism, artisan uprising, foreign cultures, Gustavus III

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