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 and in fact can be seen to have lasted from the late sixteenth century to the present day. In the course of the study, Martin Davies offers an original world-view and a critique of some recent interpretations of the Enlightenment.
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