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The Roads to Modernity: The British, French, and American Enlightenments

by Gertrude Himmelfarb

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Enlightenments was perfect. I read Gertrude Himmelfarb's The Demoralization of Society: From Victorian Virtues to Modern Values a few years ago, and thought it was extremely thought provoking and well-written. I think the same of The Roads; however, I would recommend becoming familiar with the basics of western philosophy before reading this one. If you're unfamiliar with Kant, Hume, Smith etc...(the list goes on and on), then it would be really difficult to follow or identify with the ideas in this one. ( )
  Voracious_Reader | Mar 30, 2009 |
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Himmelfarb contrasts the Enlightenment in Britain, France and the United States and shows how the abstracted idealism of man (combined with a disparagement of the common man) that characterised the French Enlightenment has wrongly been given primacy by generations of thinkers. Originally published: 2005.… (more)

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