The traces of Baron d’Holbach in 18th century Lithuania. Libertine contexts of the last days of Grand Duchy of Lithuania Cover Image

Barono D’holbacho Pėdsakai XVIII A. Lietuvoje. Libertiniški Ldk Pabaigos Kontekstai
The traces of Baron d’Holbach in 18th century Lithuania. Libertine contexts of the last days of Grand Duchy of Lithuania

Author(s): Dalius Viliunas
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Social Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, 18th Century, History of Religion
Published by: Visuomeninė organizacija »LOGOS«
Keywords: deism; theism; libertinism; atheism; Christian traditionalism;

Summary/Abstract: The article analyzes the religious worldview in Lithuania at the end of 18th century. This worldview en gross could be extrapolated into two major alternatives – catholic traditionalism, that is traditional theism and, second, deism related conjoined with the ideas of the Enlightenment. The problem is raised: Does the more radical alternative to deism, that is, atheism exist at this time? The article attempts to answer in the affirmative. A radical libertine trend in the worldview existed in Lithuania. The works of the best known French atheist D’Holbach were acquired. The article presents a manuscript copy of the text of d’Holbach and considers some ideas related with the fact of its presence.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 74
  • Page Range: 6-16
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Lithuanian