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The Enlightenment (Volume 1): The Rise of Modern Paganism
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The eighteenth century Enlightenment marks the beginning of the modern age when the scientific method and belief in reason and progress came to hold sway over the Western world. In the twentieth century, however, the Enlightenment has often been judged harshly for its apparently simplistic optimism. Here a master historian goes back to the sources to give us both a more sophisticated and intriguing view of the philosophes, their world and their ideas.
Number of Pages: 592
Vendor: WW Norton
Publication Date: 1995
|Dimensions: 5 1/2 X 8 1/4 (inches)|
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Peter Gay, Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University, is the author of more than twenty-five books, including the National Book Award winner The Enlightenment, the best-selling Weimar Culture, and the widely translated Freud: A Life for Our Time.
"Extraordinary and brilliant." R. R. Palmer, Journal of Modern History
"Gay's picture of the philosophes is persuasive, put forward with profound scholarship and ease of style." George L. Mosse, New York Times Book Review
The eighteenth-century Enlightenment marks the beginning of the modern age, when the scientific method and belief in reason and progress came to hold sway over the Western world. In the twentieth century, however, the Enlightenment has often been judged harshly for its apparently simplistic optimism. Now a master historian goes back to the sources to give a fully rounded account of its true accomplishments.
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