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The Enlightenment and Religion: The Myths of Modernity
 

The Enlightenment and Religion: The Myths of Modernity (Trade Paperback / Paperback, New title)

By Barnett, S.
Other Mortimer, Rebecca

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This publication offers a critical survey of religious change and its causes in 18th-century Europe. It is intended to constitute a radical challenge to the accepted views in traditional Enlightenment studies. Focusing on Enlightenment Italy, France and England, the text illustra...tes how the canonical view of 18th-century religious change has in reality been constructed upon scant evidence and assumption, in particular the idea that the thought of the enlightened led to modernity. For despite a lack of evidence, one of the fundamental assumptions of Enlightenment studies has been the assertion that there was a vibrant deist movement that formed the intellectual solvent of hte 18th century. The central claim of this book is that the immense ideological appeal of the traditional birth-of-modernity myth has meant that the actual lack of deists has been glossed over and a quite misleading historical view has become entrenched. As a consequence more traditional forces for religious change have been given little or no attention. The book also riases hitherto neglected fundamental methodological issues relating to the study of the 18th century and the ability of interested contemporaries to mislead posterity. Given the pervasive topicality of notions of modernity and postmodernity in academia, this book advances an important discussion and should be valuable reading for all students studying the period.
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ISBN 9780719067419
Released NZ 15 Jan 2004
Publisher Manchester University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, New title
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ISBN-13 9780719067419
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; delivery usually 15-20 working days due to covid19 delays
Publisher Manchester University Press
Imprint Manchester University Press
Released 15 Jan 2004
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, New title
Edition New title
Author(s) By Barnett, S.
Other Mortimer, Rebecca
Category History Of Ideas, Intellectual History
World History: C 1750 To C 1900
European History
History Of Religion
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 138mm
Height: 215mm
Spine: 13mm
Dewey Code 940.25;274.07
Weight 301g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Enlightenment, Deism, Enlightenment.
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade;Professional and scholarly

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