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This introductory chapter presents an overview of the book, which aims to provide an interdisciplinary approach to the topic of censorship during the Enlightenment, to study the role censorship played in the intellectual culture, how it was implemented, and how it affected the development of philosophical concepts and forms of literary writing. The book includes contributions by philosophers, intellectual historians and literary theorists. The first section of the book 'Censoring the Enlightenment' considers examples of how the ideas of the Enlightenment were submitted to censorship. The second section titled 'Institutions and practices of censorship' talks about the institutional and practical aspects of seventeenth and eighteenth century censorship. The final section 'Enlightenment reflections on censorship' studies the stand three Enlightenment thinkers took on the issue of censorship.

Keywords: censorship; Enlightenment; intellectual culture



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