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The Enlightenment by Peter Gay
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Aug 26, 2010

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Volume 1 of 2. This is the standard work on the conventional view of the Enlightenment--significantly, published in the late 60s, before the linguistic turn took hold. Gay is refreshingly clear.

Gay represents the Enlightenment, at its core, to be a rejection of traditional, orthodox Christianity. The constructive aspect to the Enlightenment project was to fill the void.

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