By S. J. Barnett

ISBN-10: 0719067405

ISBN-13: 9780719067402

ISBN-10: 0719067413

ISBN-13: 9780719067419

The Enlightenment and faith: The myths of modernity bargains a serious survey of spiritual swap and its explanations in eighteenth-century Europe, and constitutes a thorough problem to the approved perspectives in conventional Enlightenment studies.

Focusing on Enlightenment Italy, France and England, it illustrates how the canonical view of eighteenth-century non secular switch has in truth been built upon scant proof and assumption, particularly the concept the idea of the enlightened resulted in modernity. For regardless of a scarcity of proof, one of many basic assumptions of Enlightenment experiences has been the statement that there has been a colourful deist circulate that shaped the ‘intellectual solvent’ of the eighteenth century. The significant declare of this publication is that the vast ideological charm of the normal birth-of-modernity fantasy has intended that the particular loss of deists has been glossed over, and a relatively deceptive historic view has turn into entrenched. subsequently extra conventional forces for spiritual switch were given very little recognition. The publication additionally increases hitherto overlooked yet basic methodological concerns in relation to the research of the eighteenth century and the facility of ‘interested’ contemporaries to deceive posterity.

Given the present pervasive topicality of notions of modernity and postmodernity in academia, this e-book advances an important dialogue certainly, and may be crucial examining for all scholars learning the period.

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