The heavenly city of the eighteenth-century Philosophers

Carl L. Becker, Johnson Wright

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Abstract

Here a distinguished American historian challenges the belief that the eighteenth century was essentially modern in its temper. In crystalline prose Carl Becker demonstrates that the period commonly described as the Age of Reason was, in fact, very far from that, that Voltaire, Hume, Diderot, and Locke were living in a medieval world; and that these philosophers "demolished the Heavenly City of St. Augustine only to rebuild it with more up-to-date materials." In a new Foreword, Johnson Kent Wright looks at the book's continuing relevance within the context of current discussion about the Enlightenment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherYale University Press
Number of pages168
ISBN (Print)9780300101508
StatePublished - 2003

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Enlightenment
Temper
Age of Reason
Historian
Augustine of Hippo
Medieval Period
Denis Diderot
Foreword
Voltaire
Prose
Philosopher

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The heavenly city of the eighteenth-century Philosophers. / Becker, Carl L.; Wright, Johnson.

Yale University Press, 2003. 168 p.

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Becker CL, Wright J. The heavenly city of the eighteenth-century Philosophers. Yale University Press, 2003. 168 p.
Becker, Carl L. ; Wright, Johnson. / The heavenly city of the eighteenth-century Philosophers. Yale University Press, 2003. 168 p.
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