The Enlightenment: An Interpretation. The science of freedom

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1996 - Philosophy - 705 pages
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.

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Contents

Progress From Experience to Program
56
The Uses of Nature
126
The Science of Man
167
The Emancipation of Art Burdens of the Past
216
The Emancipation of Art A Groping
249
The Science of Society
319
The Politics of Decency
397
The Politics of Experience
448
Progress From Experience to Program
597
The Uses of Nature
610
The Science of Man
622
The Emancipation of Art Burdens of the Past
632
The Emancipation of Art A Groping
650
The Science of Society
659
The Politics of Decency
669
The Politics of Experience
675

The Politics of Education
497
The Program in Practice
555
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY
571
The Politics of Education
690
The Program in Practice
701
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Peter Gay lives in New York City and Connecticut.

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