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The Secular Enlightenment (Hardcover): Margaret Jacob

The Secular Enlightenment (Hardcover)

Margaret Jacob

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A major new history of how the Enlightenment transformed people's everyday lives The Secular Enlightenment is a panoramic account of the radical ways that life began to change for ordinary people in the age of Locke, Voltaire, and Rousseau. In this landmark book, familiar Enlightenment figures share places with voices that have remained largely unheard until now, from freethinkers and freemasons to French materialists, anticlerical Catholics, pantheists, pornographers, readers, and travelers. Margaret Jacob, one of our most esteemed historians of the Enlightenment, reveals how this newly secular outlook was not a wholesale rejection of Christianity but rather a new mental space in which to encounter the world on its own terms. She takes readers from London and Amsterdam to Berlin, Vienna, Turin, and Naples, drawing on rare archival materials to show how ideas central to the emergence of secular democracy touched all facets of daily life. Human frailties once attributed to sin were now viewed through the lens of the newly conceived social sciences. People entered churches not to pray but to admire the architecture, and spent their Sunday mornings reading a newspaper or even a risque book. The secular-minded pursued their own temporal and commercial well-being without concern for the life hereafter, regarding their successes as the rewards for their actions, their failures as the result of blind economic forces. A majestic work of intellectual and cultural history, The Secular Enlightenment demonstrates how secular values and pursuits took hold of eighteenth-century Europe, spilled into the American colonies, and left their lasting imprint on the Western world for generations to come.

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Imprint: Princeton University Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: February 2019
First published: 2019
Authors: Margaret Jacob
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 35mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Trade binding
Pages: 360
ISBN-13: 978-0-691-16132-7
Categories: Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > General
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > General
Books > Science & Mathematics > Science: general issues > Impact of science & technology on society
Books > Humanities > History > European history > General
Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy > Social & political philosophy
Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Western philosophy > Modern Western philosophy, c 1600 to the present > Western philosophy, c 1600 to c 1800
Books > History > European history > General
Books > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy > Social & political philosophy
Books > Philosophy > Western philosophy > Modern Western philosophy, c 1600 to the present > Western philosophy, c 1600 to c 1800
Books > Religion & Spirituality > General
LSN: 0-691-16132-1
Barcode: 9780691161327

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