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The Enlightenment

The Rise of Modern Paganism

Peter Gay (Author)

 

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.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • July 1995
  • ISBN 978-0-393-31302-4
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 592 pages
  • Volume(s): 1
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Other Formats

  1. Book CoverThe Enlightenment: The Science of Freedom

    Paperback

    Volume(s): 2

Endorsements & Reviews

“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

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