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The Heavenly City of the Eighteenth Century Philosophers Based On The Storrs Lectures Delivered At Yale University A Distinguished American Historian Challenges The Belief That 18th Century Was Essentially Modern In Its Temper In Crystalline Prose Carl L Becker Demonstrates That The Period Commonly Described As The Age Of Reason Was, In Fact, Very Far From That Voltaire, Hume, Diderot Locke Were Living In A Medieval World They Demolished The Heavenly City Of St Augustine Only To Rebuild It With Up To Date Materials PrefaceClimates Of OpinionThe Laws Of Nature Of Nature S GodThe New History Philosophy Teaching By ExampleThe Uses Of Posterity


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10 thoughts on “The Heavenly City of the Eighteenth Century Philosophers

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    1931 14 1789 _ __ _


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    Just gave this a cursory read it is not interesting to me Better accounts of the thought of the period in Bury s The Idea of Progress and such books Becker s view that climate of opinion plays such a dominating role is doubtful it may seem to be what makes Dante or Thomas nearly unreadable though they are not, in fact, unreadable when one reads them slowly but then, if that were so, one couldn t explain the utter clarity one gets from reading Plato where there is no obsc Just gave this a cursory read it is not interesting to me Better accounts of the thought of the period in Bury s The Idea of Progress and such books Becker s view that climate of opinion plays such a dominating role is doubtful it may seem to be what makes Dante or Thomas nearly unreadable though they are not, in fact, unreadable when one reads them slowly but then, if that were so, one couldn t explain the utter clarity one gets from reading Plato where there is no obscuring climate of opinion to blame for one s incomprehension The problem with Thomas and Dante is simply that their presuppositions which can be grasped and rationally apprehended, if one has the requisite philosophical background are unfamiliar to the modern reader But so what The broader implication though I didn t read the v...


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    Not a dispassionate intellectual history but rather a strongly felt and well articulated argument that the Eighteenth Century was not an age of reason but rather the time when philosophers demolished the Heavenly City of St Augustine only to rebuild it withup to date materials Like the later Wicked Company which I recently reviewed , Becker points out the contradictions in the supposedly tolerant and open minded positions of the philosophes They defended toleration valiantly, Not a dispassionate intellectual history but rather a strongly felt and well articulated argument that the Eighteenth Century was not an age of reason but rather the time when philosophers demolished the Heavenly City of St Augustine only to rebuild it withup to date materials Like the later Wicked Company which I recently reviewed , Becker points out the contradictions in the supposedly tolerant and open minded positions of the philosophes They defended toleration valiantly, but...


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    I ve always been attracted to books which challenge the received truths taught in the public schools I attended We ve all the tendency to view the past in terms of the present, be it our personal or social histories Becker particularly challenges, albeit indirectly, many of t...


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    From 1931, this is an example of what we might call Enlightenment Dismantling the style of intellectual history that tries to undermine glib rationalist generalities by putting the 18th century in to context, showing the religious origin of various strands, etc John Gray ha...


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    Just outstanding.


  7. says:

    What a remarkable and helpful little book You could read it in a couple of sittings But it is so meaty that I would recommend reading it slow.


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    A brief, blistering book that deconstructs and dismantles the typical Enlightenment narrative that the Age of Reason thoroughly expelled superstition and religion rather, Enlightenment thinkers merely replaced Christianity with their own ideal utopia This is witnessed in the optimism surrounding the idea of progress just like Christians set their hopes on Heaven, the Enlightenment confidently declared that humanity was always improving The French Revolution, virulently anti Christian, creat A brief, blistering book that deconstructs and dismantles the typical Enlightenment narrative that the Age of Reason thoroughly exp...


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    The goal of philosophy in the eighteenth century was to dismantle corrupted and corrupting civic and religious institutions and to reshape the individual and society according to objective standards of nature In place of St Augustine s defunct city of God, the philosophers would build a heavenly city of their own, presided over not by an enthroned Christ and his saints, but by glorified Reason and the immaculate judgment of enlightened posterity.In The Heavenly City of the Eighteenth Century Ph The goal of philosophy in the eighteenth century was to dismantle corrupted and corrupting civic and religious institutions and to reshape the individual and society according to objective standards of nature In place of St Augustine s defunct city of God, the philosophers would build a heavenly city of their own, presided over not by an enthroned Christ and his saints, but by glorified Reason and the immaculate judgment of enlightened posterity.In The Heavenly City of the Eighteenth Century Philosophers, Carl Becker former professor of history at Cornell University, deceased in 1945 argues that although the animating spirit of the period is still, to a degree, felt today, the philosophers of the Enlightenment were actually nearer in their presuppositions and ideals to medieval precursors than to ou...


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