The Philosophy of the Enlightenment

The Philosophy of the Enlightenment

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by Ernst Cassirer
     
 

"In 1932, Cassirer's warning against dismissing Enlightenment thought as shallow went tragically unheard, but it is as timely as ever. His classic study of Enlightenment philosophy has not been surpassed. In portraying Enlightenment philosophy as a process, not a doctrine, Cassirer not only undermines all those caricatures of the Enlightenment that still flourish

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"In 1932, Cassirer's warning against dismissing Enlightenment thought as shallow went tragically unheard, but it is as timely as ever. His classic study of Enlightenment philosophy has not been surpassed. In portraying Enlightenment philosophy as a process, not a doctrine, Cassirer not only undermines all those caricatures of the Enlightenment that still flourish within and without the academy; he also shows the force it can have for renewing philosophy itself."—Susan Neiman, author of Moral Clarity

"Ernst Cassirer's The Philosophy of the Enlightenment is not only a brilliantly original work of history, it is itself a work of philosophy by one of the twentieth century's most interesting thinkers. Despite all that has been written on the Enlightenment since it first appeared in 1932, it remains unsurpassed."—Anthony Pagden, University of California, Los Angeles

"This fine new re-edition of Ernst Cassirer's The Philosophy of the Enlightenment gives us two classics in one: Cassirer's own seminal statement of the evolution of eighteenth-century philosophy, and a concise and moving foreword by an intellectual sympathizer, Peter Gay, amongst the greatest historians of our time. Together the two men did more than virtually any other to define the Enlightenment for the twentieth century."—Darrin M. McMahon, Florida State University

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ISBN-13:
9780691143347
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/10/2009
Series:
Princeton Classic Editions
Edition description:
Updated edition with a New foreword by Peter Gay
Pages:
392
Sales rank:
1,332,424
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.52(h) x 0.99(d)

Table of Contents

FOREWORD vii
PREFACE xi
Chapter I. THE MIND OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT 3
Chapter II. NATURE AND NATURAL SCIENCE 37
Chapter III. PSYCHOLOGY AND EPISTEMOLOGY 93
Chapter IV. RELIGION 134
I. The Dogma of Original Sin and the Problem of Theodicy 137
II. Tolerance and the Foundation of Natural Religion 160
III. Religion and History 182
Chapter V. THE CONQUEST OF THE HISTORICAL WORLD 197
Chapter VI. LAW, STATE, AND SOCIETY 234
I. Law and the Principle of Inalienable Rights 234
II. The Contract and the Method of the Social Sciences 253
Chapter VII. FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEMS OF AESTHETICS 275
I. The Age of Criticism 275
II. Classical Aesthetics and the Objectivity of the Beautiful 278
III. Taste and the Trend toward Subjectivism 297
IV. Intuitional Aesthetics and the Problem of Genius 312
V. Reason and the Imagination: Gottsched and the Swiss Critics 331
VI. The Foundation of Systematic Aesthetics: Baumgarten 338
INDEX 361

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