Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Extraordinary and brilliant." R. R. Palmer
"Gay's picture of the philosophes is persuasive, put forward with profound scholarship and ease of style." Journal of Modern History
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.
The eighteenth-century Enlightenment marks the beginning of the modernage, when the scientific method and belief in reason and progress cameto hold sway over the Western world.
About the Author
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.