The Enlightenment: An Interpretation  

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"The Enlightenment, as Peter Gay asserts, used pagan scientism to free European culture from Judeo-Christian theology. (The Enlightenment: An Interpretation (New York, 1966). The first volume is called “The Rise of Modern Paganism.” Gay seems to use “pagan” as a synonym for what I call Apollonian, only half of my theory of paganism.)"--Sexual Personae (1990) by Camille Paglia

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The Enlightenment: An Interpretation is a two-volume book on the Age of Enlightenment by American scholar Peter Gay.

The Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Paganism

The Enlightenment: An Interpretation: The Science of Freedom

It is the second volume of Peter Gay's study of the dawn of the modern world—the Age of Reason and completes Peter Gay's reinterpretation begun in The Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Paganism. Gay describes the philosophes' program and their views of society, the Enlightenment's critical method and its humane and libertarian vision.

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