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The crisis of the European mind, 1680-1715

Author: Paul Hazard
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, ©2013.
Series: New York Review Books classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Paul Hazard's magisterial, widely influential, and beloved intellectual history offers an unforgettable account of the birth of the modern European mind in all its dynamic, inquiring, and uncertain glory. Beginning his story in the latter half of the seventeenth century, while also looking back to the Renaissance and forward to the future, Hazard traces the process by which new developments in the sciences, arts,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Hazard
ISBN: 9781590176191 1590176197
OCLC Number: 812122284
Notes: Original English translation published as: The European mind. New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1953.
Description: xviii, 454 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: Changing psychologies --
The ferment begins --
The old order changeth --
The light from the north --
Heterodoxy --
Pierre Bayle --
The war on tradition --
The rationalists --
Miracles denied: comets, oracles, and sorcerers --
Richard Simon and biblical exegesis --
Bossuet at bay --
An attempt at reunion and what came of it --
The task of reconstruction --
Locke's empiricism --
Deism and natural religion --
Natural law --
Social morality --
Happiness on earth --
Science and progress --
Towards a new pattern of humanity --
The feelings and the imagination --
The muses are silent --
Pictures, strange or beautiful --
Laughter and tears: opera triumphant --
Influences: national, popular, and instinctive --
The psychology of uneasiness, the aesthetics of sentiment, the metaphysics of substance, and the new science --
Souls of fire.
Series Title: New York Review Books classics.
Other Titles: Crise de la conscience européenne.
Responsibility: Paul Hazard ; translated from the French by J. Lewis May ; introduction by Anthony Grafton.

Abstract:

Paul Hazard's magisterial, widely influential, and beloved intellectual history offers an unforgettable account of the birth of the modern European mind in all its dynamic, inquiring, and uncertain glory. Beginning his story in the latter half of the seventeenth century, while also looking back to the Renaissance and forward to the future, Hazard traces the process by which new developments in the sciences, arts, philosophy, and philology came to undermine the stable foundations of the classical world, with its commitment to tradition, stability, proportion, and settled usage. Hazard shows how travelers' tales and archaeological investigation widened European awareness and acceptance of cultural difference; how the radical rationalism of Spinoza and Richard Simon's new historical exegesis of the Bible called into question the revealed truths of religion; how the Huguenot Pierre Bayle's critical dictionary of ideas paved the way for Voltaire and the Enlightenment, even as the empiricism of Locke encouraged a new attention to sensory experience that led to Rousseau and romanticism. Hazard's range of knowledge is vast, and whether the subject is operas, excavations, or scientific experiments his brilliant style and powers of description bring to life the thinkers who thought up the modern world. --

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