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Man's Ascent to Reason: The Secularization of Western Culture Hardcover – July 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0773469563 ISBN-10: 0773469567

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  • Hardcover: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Edwin Mellen Pr (July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0773469567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0773469563
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,028,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gerhard Falk is the author of nineteen books and over forty journal articles. He is professor of sociology at Buffalo State College where he teaches criminology, sociology of religion, juvenile delinquency and the treatment of offenders.
Dr. Falk has received the State University of New York Research Foundation Award for excellence in scholarship, the State College president's award for excellence in creativity and the State University Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Weiss on December 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The author's thesis is that the slow ascent of Man to a life of reason is best portrayed by examining the long history of secularization that religion has provoked in every age. To that end, he traces the history of secular thought in western civilization from pre-Socratic Greeks to the French enlightenment of the 18th century and beyond. Among the milestones he finds on the way are the Greek conquest of Rome, the transition to the Renaissance and the Reformation, the age of Copernicus, non-conformist thought, characteristics of the enlightenment in England and France, and sociology and secular humanism. He ends with the Triumph of Reason.
This is a magnificent reference work. It should be noted, however, that it is not for someone with less than a college education; the language is educated English.
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