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The Enlightenment: History of an Idea

Vincenzo Ferrone


In this book, one of the world's leading historians of the Enlightenment provides a bracing and clarifying new interpretation of this watershed period. Arguing that philosophical and historical interpretations of the era have long been hopelessly confused, the author makes the case that it is only by separating these views and taking an approach grounded in social and cultural history that we can begin to grasp what the Enlightenment was—and why it is still relevant today. The book explains why the Enlightenment was a profound and wide-ranging cultural revolution that reshaped Western identity ... More

Keywords: human rights, Enlightenment, cultural revolution, Western identity, culture, Jonathan Israel

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691175768
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691175768.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vincenzo Ferrone, author
University of Turin