The Enlightenment is generally painted as a movement of ideas and society lasting from the late seventeenth to the early nineteenth century, but this book argues that the Enlightenment is an essential component of modernity itself. In the course of the study, Martin Davies offers an original world-view and a critique of some recent interpretations of the Enlightenment.
Table of Contents
Introduction: the Enlightenment: a reconception of its fate and value
1. The Enlightenment and the fate of meaning
2. The Enlightenment and the fate of history
3. The Enlightenment and the fate of knowledge
Martin L. Davies is Emeritus Reader at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom. He is the author of Historics: Why History Dominates Contemporary Society, also published by Routledge.