The drama of reason from the 18th century to the present day

A Spiegel book

Original Title: Die Aufklärung

Hardcover with jacket, 272 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-421-04790-8
€ 20.00 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: DVA Sachbuch

Date of publication: August 28, 2017
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Johannes  Saltzwedel  (Editor) - Enlightenment


The triumph of reason: How striving for knowledge and insight changed the world

The leading philosophers of the Age of Enlightenment wanted people to liberate themselves from their prejudices and not be persuaded by feelings or dogmas they have not examined more closely, but instead to trust only knowledge and reason when making decisions and following convictions. The many-sided and many-voiced Europe-wide project that was the Enlightenment advocated religious tolerance, civil and human rights, emancipation, education and personal freedom of action and was the starting point for radical changes that have left their mark up until the present day.

In overview reports and portraits of philosophers of the Enlightenment such as Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Spiegel writers and historians describe the great variety of Enlightenment ideas and at the same time ask what the legacy is of this epoch.


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