The Secular Enlightenment

The Secular Enlightenment[PDF] ✅ The Secular Enlightenment By Margaret Jacob – Heartforum.co.uk 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 t A major new history of how the Enlightenment transformed people's everyday lives The Secular Enlightenment is The Secular PDF/EPUB or 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 travelersMargaret 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 risu 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 forcesA 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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  • Hardcover
  • 360 pages
  • The Secular Enlightenment
  • Margaret Jacob
  • 23 November 2016
  • 9780691161327

10 thoughts on “The Secular Enlightenment

  1. Carrie says:

    A fascinating look at this period from ground level with some very fun details Jacob's writing is a pleasure to read

  2. Charlie says:

    The first four chapters were uite good but then the book petered out into summary By far the most interesting aspect of this book is Jacobs' focus on the broader social context of Enlightenment thought Rather than a list of famous figures we get in the better chapters a dense network of authors printers booksellers tradespeople salon and café owners professors police censors critics and fans Jacobs' attention to neglected persons and sources brings alive the vibrant urban culture in which Enlightenment thought incubated and emerged Brilliant in portions and peppered with insights throughout The Secular Enlightenment is certainly worth the time for a dedicated student of the period

  3. Jimmy says:

    This is of an analysis on the specific secular thinkers of the Enlightenment and some of what they thought rather than tracing the influence of the ideas besides X writing was translated into many languages and went through many editions

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