The Enlightenment: The rise of modern paganism

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1995 - History - 592 pages
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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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Review: The Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Paganism (The Enlightenment: An Interpretation #1)

User Review  - Igor Faynshteyn - Goodreads

Let me start off by saying that I took way too long to finish reading this book (about 8 months) - reading other books in between and just taking multiple breaks from reading. So the views I express ... Read full review

Review: The Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Paganism (The Enlightenment: An Interpretation #1)

User Review  - Elliott Bignell - Goodreads

Gay apparently spent several years on this book, and it shows in a work or painstaking and dramatic erudition. He provides, and clearly grasps, the context of the Enlightenment. To provide context in ... Read full review

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 TENSION WITH CHRISTIANITY
205
The Era of Pagan Christianity
256
In Dubious Battle
323
The Useful and Beloved Past
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
The Enlightenment in Its World
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.