Universal Emancipation: The Haitian Revolution and the Radical Enlightenment

F Nick Thompson Nesbitt

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Abstract

Unlike the American and French Revolutions, the Haitian Revolution was the first in a modern state to implement human rights universally and unconditionally. Going well beyond the selective emancipation of white adult male property owners, the Haitian Revolution is of vital importance, Nick Nesbitt argues, in thinking today about the urgent problems of social justice, human rights, imperialism, torture, and, above all, human freedom. Combining archival research, political philosophy, and intellectual history, Nesbitt explores this fundamental event of modern history - the invention of universal emancipation - both in the context of the Age of Enlightenment (Spinoza, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel) and in relation to certain key figures (Ranciere, Laclau, Habermas) and trends (such as the turn to ethics, human rights, and universalism) in contemporary political philosophy. In doing so, he elucidates the theoretical implications of Haiti's revolution both for the eighteenth century and for the twenty-first century.
"Universal Emancipation" will be of interest not only to scholars and students of the Haitian Revolution and postcolonial francophone studies but also to readers interested in critical theory and its relation to history and political science.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCharlottesville, VA, USA
PublisherUniversity of Virginia Press
Number of pages288
ISBN (Print)0813928028 , 978-0813928029
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2008

Publication series

NameNew World Studies
PublisherUniversity of Virginia Press

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Radical Enlightenment
Human Rights
Haitian Revolution
Emancipation
Political philosophy
French Revolution
Universalism
Haiti
History
Georg W.F. Hegel
Social Justice
Intellectual History
Political Science
Modern State
Baruch Spinoza
Revolution
Age of Enlightenment
Human Freedom
Critical Theory
American Revolution

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Nesbitt, F. N. T. (2008). Universal Emancipation: The Haitian Revolution and the Radical Enlightenment. (New World Studies). Charlottesville, VA, USA: University of Virginia Press.

Universal Emancipation : The Haitian Revolution and the Radical Enlightenment. / Nesbitt, F Nick Thompson.

Charlottesville, VA, USA : University of Virginia Press, 2008. 288 p. (New World Studies).

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Nesbitt, FNT 2008, Universal Emancipation: The Haitian Revolution and the Radical Enlightenment. New World Studies, University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville, VA, USA.
Nesbitt FNT. Universal Emancipation: The Haitian Revolution and the Radical Enlightenment. Charlottesville, VA, USA: University of Virginia Press, 2008. 288 p. (New World Studies).
Nesbitt, F Nick Thompson. / Universal Emancipation : The Haitian Revolution and the Radical Enlightenment. Charlottesville, VA, USA : University of Virginia Press, 2008. 288 p. (New World Studies).
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