The Enlightenment Past
Reconstructing Eighteenth-century French Thought
By (author) Daniel Brewer
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Enlightenment Past by Daniel Brewer
Book DescriptionOver the last two hundred years the theories and ideals of the Enlightenment have come to be viewed as the foundation of modern Western political and intellectual culture. Particularly in France they have played a fundamental role in the development of national identity. In a series of richly contextualised readings Daniel Brewer examines the cultural construction of the Enlightenment in France from the eighteenth century to the present day. He examines a range of important Enlightenment texts, explores the ways in which they defined their modernising project, and analyses the cultural and political uses to which they have been put by scholars, writers and intellectuals. This book presents a significant advance in the field of Enlightenment studies, in an important and timely reassessment of the heritage and continued relevance of Enlightenment ideals.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521879446
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 21-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Daniel Brewer
Cambridge Companion to the French Enlightenment, Hardback (October 2014)
Offers new perspectives on a period that marks the beginning of modern intellectual culture and political life.
Enlightenment Past, Paperback (March 2011)
An important reassessment of the afterlife of the Enlightenment and its continuing relevance in twenty-first century France.
France and its Spaces of War, Hardback (November 2009)
This book offers a critical study of the cultural and social phenomena of war in the French and French-speaking world through a number of lenses, including memory, gender, the arts, and intellectual history.
Discourse of Enlightenment in Eighteenth-century France, Paperback (December 2006)» View all books by Daniel Brewer
This study focuses on Denis Diderot, whose experimentation with presenting critical knowledge exemplifies the Enlightenment's struggle to produce a rationalist critique of all prior knowledge.
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Author Biography - Daniel Brewer
Daniel Brewer is Professor of French Studies at the University of Minnesota.
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