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The Secular City



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The Secular City
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Central to the Enlightenment is the ideal of the Secular City, in militant reply to the "Civitas Dei" of St Augustine. The essays in this volume, all by distinguished specialists on the 18th century, illustrate the elaboration of that vision, both in the planning and depiction of actual cities and in the speculation on social justice to which Voltaire in particular devoted himself. Yet even in him, secularization is never total, and the persistence of a displaced religious, even messianic strain in the Enlightenment is also illustrated in a variety of writers, culminating in the contradictions of the French Revolution. This work is intended for scholars of the history of ideas, especially 18th-century specialists; undergraduate and postgraduate students of French studies, history and philosophy; and informed general readers.
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December 1st, 1994
Contributions by Anne-Marie Chouillet Contributions by David Adams Contributions by Lise Andries Contributions by M. C. Cook Contributions by Michel Baridon Contributions by S. Davies Contributions by William Doyle Edited by David Meakin Edited by T.D. Hemming Edited by Ted Freeman
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United Kingdom
University of Exeter Press
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