The Enlightenment: An Interpretation, Volume 1

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1995 - History - 555 pages
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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Contents

The Enlightenment in Its World
3
The Useful and Beloved Past
31
Identity
59
The First Enlightenment
72
The Climate of Criticism
127
The Retreat from Reason
207
The Era of Pagan Christianity
256
In Dubious Battle
323
The Useful and Beloved Past 45 I
451
The First Enlightenment
464
The Climate of Criticism
482
The Retreat from Reason
489
The Era of Pagan Christianity
505
In Dubious Battle
535
Beyond the Holy Circle
547
Bibliography of WoRks FREQUENTLY CITED
553

Beyond the Holy Circle
358
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY
423

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About the author (1995)

Peter Gay (1923--2015) was 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.