- Himmelfarb (p 217) notes that the American Enlightenment lacked the scepticism andanti-religious sentiment of the French – i.e. it was more conservative than the French enlightenment - and the Americanthinkers were more influenced by British moralists. However, because ofimmediate practical/political concerns, there was more concern with whatHimmelfarb calls the ‘politics of liberty’ rather than the ‘sociology ofvirtue.’


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