There is one conspicuous and paradoxical omission.
Elegantly written, in clear, crisp prose, "The Enlightenment" is a detailed and nuanced account of the men and ideas that gave us the gift - and curse - of modernity.
The Adulteration of Antiquity: In the callous hands of Christians, Greek and Roman literature survived, but barely, and at great cost.
Gay presents an interpertation of the Enlightenment that is persuasive. He connects and then distinguishes the Renaissance, the Scientific Revolution, the early English... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Clay Garner
As other reviewers have said, Peter Gay's two volume survey of the origins and philosophy of the enlightenment is comprehensive. And very, very long! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Peter Green
Unremarkable and pandering to the pseudo-intellectual elitists to whom Mr. Gay receives his daily bread. Read morePublished 13 months ago by John L. Hammerstein
Peter Gay has marvelously constructed an honestly and openly biased account of one of the most accounted for periods in history, yet P. Gay's stands out above the rest. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Threepwood
The scope of Peter Gay's scholarship is rather mind blowing - appears he has read every text or book dealing with his subject from ancient Greece to the present day. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Eric C. Petersen
At age 90 - and still with us - we hope Peter Gay remains another sixty to seventy years so we might garner another half dozen books from him. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Brett Williams
This book is about the education of the intellectuals of the Enlightenment. While it is very interesting to trace how their minds developed - how they mastered and began to... Read morePublished on June 22, 2010 by Robert J. Crawford
I always knew i needed to read this foundational volume from the last generation, although i am a strong Christian traditionalist opponent of the so-called enlightenment. Read morePublished on March 30, 2010 by Joseph M. Hennessey
Two volumes in one, originally published in 1966 (The Appeal to Antiquity; The Tension with Christianity), these works combined in one volume are fundamental to any study of the... Read morePublished on August 13, 2009 by Eric W. Vogt, Ph.D., Author of The Spanish Subjunctive Up Close, Spanish Pronouns Up Close and Spanish Past Tenses Up Close