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Title: Verlichte letteren in de Zuidelijke Nederlanden?
Author(s): BOSTOEN, Karel
Journal: Spiegel der Letteren
Volume: 46    Issue: 3-4   Date: 2004   
Pages: 393-403
DOI: 10.2143/SDL.46.3.2004786

Abstract :
Authors from the Dutch Republic in the eighteenth century have always been more than willing to comment in negative terms on the intellectual level of the Austrian Netherlands. One would not expect, therefore, to meet enlightened opinions in Dutch literary works originating from the South during that period. Arnold Geulincx and Fran├žois van den Enden, two philosophers with an Antwerp background and an enlightened reputation, emigrated to the Dutch Republic as early as the seventeenth century. One may well ask if their opinions influenced authors in the Austrian Netherlands, given the fact that both must have had a network of friends and pupils in the South who were closely allied to them.

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