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The Enlightenment Armed with the insights of the scientific revolution, the men of the Enlightenment set out to free mankind from its age old cocoon of pessimism and superstition and establish a reasonable world of experiment and progress Yet by the 1760s, this optimism about man and society had almost evaporated In the works of Rousseau, Kant and Goethe, there was discernible a new inner voice, and an awareness of individual uniqueness which had eluded their self confident predecessors The stage was set for the revolutionary crisis and the rise of Romanticism In this book, Norman Hampson follows through certain dominant themes in the Enlightenment, and describes the contemporary social and political climate, in which ideas could travel from the salons of Paris to the court of Catherine the Great but less easily from a master to his servant On such vexed issues as the role of ideas in the rise of the middle class he provides a new and realistic approach linking intellectual and social history. Free Download The Enlightenment [ by ] Norman Hampson [ Kindle ePUB or eBook ] – groundhogwalking.co.uk

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  1. The best thing, I felt, about this book is the sense of a long conversation unfurling across time between many people Hampson s argument is that the Enlightenment was marked first by a shift from seeing existence as governed by a wrathful God to acheerful, relaxed sense of Providence shaping our lives for the best Then, this in turn gave way to pessimism and determinism After the French Revolution there were in Hampson s view, two distinct reactions to Enlightenment thought one to den The best thing, I felt, about this book is the sense of a long conversation unfurling across time between many people Hampson s argument is that the Enlightenment was marked first by a shift from seeing existence as governed by a wrathful God to acheerful, relaxed sense of Providence shaping our lives for the best Then, this in turn gave way to pessimism and determinism After the French Revolution there were in Hampson s view, two distinct reactions to Enlightenment thought one to deny it, and to seek to limit education and stress the authority of religion, the other from Rousseau s conception of the general will via German Idealism which moved towards a sense of history as an inevitable process.These trends in Hampson s opinion were shaped by the political climate The years of European peace from the 1720s to 1740s and moderate prosperity giving rise to the intellectual optimism of the early peri...

  2. Enlightening I came to this book with no knowledge of philosophy or much background in 18th century European history My interest being piqued by a radio programme on Hume Hampon s synthesis is stunning, clear, well written and thought provoking As a novice, I found it helpful to have my iPad by my side ...

  3. Did not really enjoy this one Flicked though about half of it Also read for history degree.