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The Science of Freedom completes Peter Gay's brilliant reinterpretation begun in The Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Paganism. In the present book, he describes the philosophes' program and their views of society. His masterful appraisal opens a new range of insights into the Enlightenment's critical method and its humane and libertarian vision.
Posted March 13, 2010
Peter Gay is a smart man. He might just have stated that at the outset then turned his skills to writing a book that is readable instead of showing us how smart he is by writing a practically unreadable book. I am guessing there were no editors willing to challenge him so they allowed the book to be published without editing. The topic is fascinating! The growth of thinking about life, passion, creativity from some of the original great thinkers of the 17 and 18th centuries. Mr. Gay just needed to write something we could read and understand more easily.
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