Adamantios Korais and the European Enlightenment

Volume: 2010:10

Series: SVEC

Volume Editors: Paschalis M. Kitromilides

Series Collaborators: Roxane D. Argyropoulos, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Greece; Ioannis D. Evrigenis, Tufts University; Paschalis M. Kitromilides, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Greece; Peter Mackridge, St Cross College, Oxford; Vassilis Mourdoukoutas, University of Athens; Michael Paschalis, University of Crete; Vivi Perraky, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris; Anna Tabaki, University of Athens.

Publication Date: 2010

Pages: 292

ISBN: 978-0-7294-1002-1

Price: £75


An iconic figure in the movement for Greek independence, Adamantios Korais (1748-1833) also played a major role in the development and transmission of Enlightenment ideals. From his early education in Amsterdam and medical studies in Montpellier, he moved to Paris where he developed distinctive ideas of political liberalism and cultural change against the backdrop of the French Revolution.
In Adamantios Korais and the European Enlightenment a team of specialists explore the multiple facets of Korais’ life and thought. Following a detailed examination of his formative years and pan-European education, contributors analyse his:
• translations and editions of the classics, through which his own early political ideas took shape
• views on linguistic reform and its importance for a sense of national identity
• liberal critique of the French Revolution and his evolving conception of political liberty
In Adamantios Korais and the European Enlightenment contributors present a timely reevaluation of a major figure in the foundation of modern Greece, and provide a fresh perspective on the interaction of cultures in the European Enlightenment.
Paschalis M. Kitromilides, Itineraries in the world of the Enlightenment: Adamantios Korais from Smyrna via Montpellier to Paris
I. A presence in classical scholarship
Vivi Perraky, L’histoire britannique de Coray: une histoire de manuscrits (1789-1803)
Ioannis D. Evrigenis, Enlightenment, emancipation, and national identity: Korais and the Ancients
Michael Paschalis, The history and ideological background of Korais’ Iliad project
II. Reflections on language and literature
Peter Mackridge, Korais and the Greek language question
Anna Tabaki, Adamance Coray comme critique littéraire et philologue
III. The dialogue with contemporary ideas
Roxane D. Argyropoulos, Adamance Coray et sa réflexion philosophique: vers une anthropologie médicale et culturelle
Paschalis M. Kitromilides, Adamantios Korais and the dilemmas of liberal nationalism
Vassilis Mourdoukoutas, Korais and the idea of progress: from theory to action


Nations and Nationalism

For readers without modern Greek, this collection will serve as a necessary starting point for future studies of the life and thought of Adamantios Korais. The essays offer new insights into the different aspects of a many-sided scholarly and political career, and therefore to broader questions concerning the French Revolution and its Relationship to the Greek national movement.

Voltaire Foundation

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