1789, Droits de l’Homme (senza Dio)

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] 1789, Droits de l’Homme (without God)

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The “Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen” (1789) is a document of the western history which very soon transcended the specific original historical context to take on a universal resonance. Going across ages and places, the Declaration has become surrounded by a mythological aura, turning into one of juridical and symbolic archetypes of the Secular Modernity. By using a parabiblical language, the authors challenged the living world of the Christian Tradition, laying the foundations for the universalistic and anthropological claim that the Nouveau Régime of the French Revolution propagandized. In this essay the genesis and the inheritance of the famous Declaration are retraced, through a comparison with the previous American model and with the subsequent French Declarations of 1793 and 1795.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] 1789, Droits de l’Homme (without God)
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationDiritti umani e valori universali
EditorsA Barzanò, C Bearzot
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, 1789
  • Dichiarazione dei diritti dell'uomo e del cittadino 1789


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