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The Secular Enlightenment

Margaret C. Jacob


This is a panoramic account of the radical ways that life began to change for ordinary people in the age of Locke, Voltaire, and Rousseau. In this book, familiar Enlightenment figures share places with voices that have remained largely unheard until now, from freethinkers and freemasons to French materialists, anticlerical Catholics, pantheists, pornographers, readers, and travelers. The book reveals how this newly secular outlook was not a wholesale rejection of Christianity but rather a new mental space in which to encounter the world on its own terms. It takes readers from London and Amster ... More

Keywords: Locke, Voltaire, Rousseau, Enlightenment, secular outlook, Christianity, secular democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691161327
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691161327.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret C. Jacob, author
University of California